Diplomatic identity and communication: using Q methodology to assess subjective perceptions of diplomatic practitioners

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Abstract

This paper initiates exploration of how self-perceptions of role and identity held by public diplomats may impact the practice of public diplomacy. It validates Q Methodology, a scientific method for the study of subjective perception, as a means of identifying, categorizing, and analyzing self-perceptions. Researchers surveyed American public diplomats regarding attributes that they ascribe to the role of diplomatic communicator, successfully identified and categorized such attributes, identified clusters of difference within the subject group, and correlated those differences to demographic factors. This paper focused on the results of one survey group. Future cross-sectional and longitudinal research will compare these perceptions to those of other groups, including across cultural and national boundaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPlace Branding and Public Diplomacy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Communication theory of identity
  • Diplomacy
  • Identity and communication
  • International relations
  • Public diplomacy
  • Q Methodology
  • Sociology of professions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing

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