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An intercultural theory of international relations: how self-worth underlies politics among nations

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 December 2015

Jörg Friedrichs*
Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK St Cross College, University of Oxford, UK


This article introduces an intercultural theory of international relations based on three distinctive ways of establishing self-worth: honor, face, and dignity. In each culture of self-worth, concerns with status and humiliation intervene differently in producing political outcomes. The theory explains important variation in the way states and nations relate to members of their own culture of self-worth, as well as members of other such cultures.

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