Identity and the concept of the West: The case of Brazil and India

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The Brazilian Journal of International Politics

Identity and the concept of the West: The case of Brazil and India

Oliver Stuenkel

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This study aims to provide insights about how Brazil and India view and relate to the concept of the West, and how this affects their identity and foreign policy. Both countries’ notions about the West are the subject of lively domestic discussion both in academia and the media, reflecting the struggle these countries find themselves in to define their identity as they rise. I argue that the concept of the West serves, in both Brazil and India, as a crucial concept to articulate their own identity- by a complex combination of criticizing, distancing itself from, or attempting to emulate the West.
 
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