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Obsession with Status and Ressentiment: Historical Backgrounds of the Russian Discursive Identity Construction

Communist and Post-Communist Studies. 2014. Vol. 47. No. 4. P. 291-303.

The article analyzes the role of ressentiment in the long-term historical process of Russia’s collective self-identification vis-à-vis “the West”. It argues that ressentiment  was persistently generated by the structure of this relationships as long as Russia’s aspiration for an equal status continually proved to be unrealistic. This induced to different discursive strategies that are described in terms of social identity theory as social mobility, social creativity and social competition. As a motivating factor for the development of these strategies, on the one hand, and a recurrent consequence of their invalidity on the other, ressentiment became a considerable driving force of discourse about Russian identity.