Nation Building and Identity in the Post Soviet Space

Author: Rico Isaacs
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317090199
Release Date: 2016-04-14
Genre: Political Science

Nation-building as a process is never complete and issues related to identity, nation, state and regime-building are recurrent in the post-Soviet region. This comparative, inter-disciplinary volume explores how nation-building tools emerged and evolved over the last twenty years. Featuring in-depth case studies from countries throughout the post-Soviet space it compares various aspects of nation-building and identity formation projects. Approaching the issue from a variety of disciplines, and geographical areas, contributors illustrate chapter by chapter how different state and non-state actors utilise traditional instruments of nation-construction in new ways while also developing non-traditional tools and strategies to provide a contemporary account of how nation-formation efforts evolve and diverge.

Nation Building and Identity in the Post Soviet Space

Author: Rico Isaacs
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317090182
Release Date: 2016-04-14
Genre: Political Science

Nation-building as a process is never complete and issues related to identity, nation, state and regime-building are recurrent in the post-Soviet region. This comparative, inter-disciplinary volume explores how nation-building tools emerged and evolved over the last twenty years. Featuring in-depth case studies from countries throughout the post-Soviet space it compares various aspects of nation-building and identity formation projects. Approaching the issue from a variety of disciplines, and geographical areas, contributors illustrate chapter by chapter how different state and non-state actors utilise traditional instruments of nation-construction in new ways while also developing non-traditional tools and strategies to provide a contemporary account of how nation-formation efforts evolve and diverge.

Nation Building and Identity in the Post Soviet Space

Author: Rico Isaacs
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1472454766
Release Date: 2016-04-29
Genre: Former Soviet republics

Introduction : Nation-Building in the post-Soviet Space: old, new and changing Tools / Rico Isaacs and Abel Polese -- Memory and Nation-Building in Georgia / Fabio De Leonardis -- Minority Assimilation and Nation-Building in Kazakhstan / Yves-Marie Davenel and Eunsil Yim -- Religion and Nation-Building in Crimea / Makbule Buhari Gulmez -- Language, Schools and Nation-Building in Tatarstan / Teresa Wigglesworth-Baker -- Language, Economy and Nation-Building in the Republic of Sakha / Aimar Ventsel -- Language, Law and Nation-Building in Georgia / Karli Storm -- Cinema and Nation-Building in Kazakhstan / Rico Isaacs -- Personality Cults and Nation-Building in Turkmenistan / Abel Polese and Slavomir Horák -- Media Events and Nation-Building in Azerbaijan / Elisabeth Militz -- Public Construction and Nation-Building in Tajikistan / Filippo Menga -- Elections and Nation-Building in Abkhazia / Donnacha Beacháin -- Health and Nation-Building in Russia / Saglar Bougdaeva -- Conclusion / Rico Isaacs and Abel Polese

Taming Nationalism Political Community Building in the Post Soviet Baltic States

Author: Dovile Budryte
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351896207
Release Date: 2017-05-15
Genre: Political Science

Revisiting the process of political community building in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, this book analyzes the roles that international actors have played in these processes and assesses the unintended consequences of this involvement. The study differs from other works on ethnic minorities and nationalism in the former Soviet Union by exploring the use of minority rights discourse and the salience of historical memory. Case studies examine the transformation of nationalism in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - all former Soviet republics - which have experienced Soviet nationalities policy first-hand. Primarily intended for an academic audience and practitioners interested in promoting tolerance in multi-ethnic societies, the book's historical narrative will also appeal to readers with a general interest in the former Soviet Union and post-Communism.

National Identity and Globalization

Author: Douglas W. Blum
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139466721
Release Date: 2007-10-11
Genre: Political Science

Is globalization in danger of diluting national identities and 'transnationalizing' cultures? How can societies attempt to manage globalization and become developed while maintaining a viable national identity? In this 2007 study of three globalizing states and cities in post-Soviet Eurasia - Russia (Astrakhan), Kazakhstan (Almaty), and Azerbaijan (Baku) - Douglas W. Blum provides an empirical examination of national identity formation, exploring how cultures, particularly youth cultures, have been affected by global forces. Blum argues that social discourse regarding youth cultural trends - coupled with official and non-official approaches to youth policy - complement patterns of state-society relations and modes of response to globalization. His findings show that the nations studied have embraced certain aspects of modernity and liberalism, while rejecting others, but have also reasserted the place of national traditions.

Identity and Nation Building in Everyday Post Socialist Life

Author: Abel Polese
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351735438
Release Date: 2017-07-31
Genre: Social Science

This book explores the function of the “everyday” in the formation, consolidation and performance of national, sub-national and local identities in the former socialist region. Based on extensive original research including fieldwork, the book demonstrates how the study of everyday and mundane practices is a meaningful and useful way of understanding the socio-political processes of identity formation both at the top and bottom level of a state. The book covers a wide range of countries including the Baltic States, Ukraine, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and considers “everyday” banal practices, including those related to consumption, kinship, embodiment, mobility, music, and the use of objects and artifacts. Overall, the book draws on, and contributes to, theory; and shows how the process of nation-building is not just undertaken by formal actors, such as the state, its institutions and political elites.

Memory Conflict and New Media

Author: Ellen Rutten
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136186424
Release Date: 2013-04-12
Genre: Social Science

This book examines the online memory wars in post-Soviet states – where political conflicts take the shape of heated debates about the recent past, and especially World War II and Soviet socialism. To this day, former socialist states face the challenge of constructing national identities, producing national memories, and relating to the Soviet legacy. Their pasts are principally intertwined: changing readings of history in one country generate fierce reactions in others. In this transnational memory war, digital media form a pivotal discursive space – one that provides speakers with radically new commemorative tools. Uniting contributions by leading scholars in the field, Memory, Conflict and New Media is the first book-length publication to analyse how new media serve as a site of political and national identity building in post-socialist states. The book also examines how the construction of online identity is irreversibly affected by thinking about the past in this geopolitical domain. By highlighting post-socialist memory’s digital mediations and digital memory’s transcultural scope, the volume succeeds in a twofold aim: to deepen and refine both (post-socialist) memory theory and digital-memory studies. This book will be of much interest to students of media studies, post-Soviet studies, Eastern European Politics, memory studies and International Relations in general.

Nation building and Identities in Post Soviet Societies

Author: Andrea Friedli
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783643802187
Release Date: 2017-12-31
Genre: Former Soviet republics

Research by social scientists on multicultural and multilingual post-Soviet societies is manifold. However, there rarely exists a dialogue between academic fields, traditions and ideologies. This book critically reunites different academic generations and traditions, different disciplines, and different geographical and cultural backgrounds by keeping the plurality of the approaches. The contributions discuss the roles of ideologies, education, and ethnic, linguistic, and religious identities in the post-Soviet nation-building processes. The included case studies show continuities and discontinuities in the ideological and political aspects of nation-building and identity management in post-Soviet societies. (Series: Freiburg Studies in Social Anthropology / Freiburger Sozialanthropologische Studien, Vol. 47) [Subject: Social Anthropology, Sociology, Politics, Soviet Union]

Crises in the Post Soviet Space

Author: Felix Jaitner
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781351234443
Release Date: 2018-06-13
Genre: Political Science

The breakup of the Soviet Union led to the creation of new states and territorial conflicts of different levels of intensity. Scrutinising the post?Soviet period, this volume offers explanations for both the frequency and the intensity of crises in the region. This book argues that the societies which emerged in the post-Soviet space share characteristic features, and that the instability and conflict-prone nature of the Soviet Union’s successor states can be explained by analysing the post-independence history of the region and linking it to the emergence of overlapping economic, political and violent crises (called 'Intersecting Crises Phenomena’). Transformation itself is shown to be a decisive process and, while acknowledging specific national and regional characteristics and differences, the authors demonstrate its shared impact. This comparison across countries and over time presents patterns of crisis and crisis management common to all the successor states. It disentangles the process, highlighting the multifaceted features of post-Soviet crises and draws upon the concept of crisis to determine the tipping points of post-Soviet development. Especially useful for scholars and students dealing with the Soviet successor states, this book should also prove interesting to those researching in the fields of communist and post?communist Studies, Eurasian politics, international relations and peace and conflict studies.

Post Imperium

Author: Dmitri V. Trenin
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780870033452
Release Date: 2011-08-01
Genre: Political Science

The war in Georgia. Tensions with Ukraine and other nearby countries. Moscow's bid to consolidate its "zone of privileged interests" among the Commonwealth of Independent States. These volatile situations all raise questions about the nature of and prospects for Russia's relations with its neighbors. In this book, Carnegie scholar Dmitri Trenin argues that Moscow needs to drop the notion of creating an exclusive power center out of the post-Soviet space. Like other former European empires, Russia will need to reinvent itself as a global player and as part of a wider community. Trenin's vision of Russia is an open Euro-Pacific country that is savvy in its use of soft power and fully reconciled with its former borderlands and dependents. He acknowledges that this scenario may sound too optimistic but warns that the alternative is not a new version of the historic empire but instead is the ultimate marginalization of Russia.

Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia

Author: Mariya Y. Omelicheva
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739181355
Release Date: 2014-12-17
Genre: History

This edited volume scrutinizes the nature and discourses of nationalisms and identity construction in the post-Soviet Central Asian republics, and elucidates the main strategies and tactics employed at various levels of identity construction in these states.

The Politics of Nation Building

Author: Harris Mylonas
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139619813
Release Date: 2013-02-18
Genre: Political Science

What drives a state's choice to assimilate, accommodate or exclude ethnic groups within its territory? In this innovative work on the international politics of nation-building, Harris Mylonas argues that a state's nation-building policies toward non-core groups - individuals perceived as an ethnic group by the ruling elite of a state - are influenced by both its foreign policy goals and its relations with the external patrons of these groups. Through a detailed study of the Balkans, Mylonas shows that how a state treats a non-core group within its own borders is determined largely by whether the state's foreign policy is revisionist or cleaves to the international status quo, and whether it is allied or in rivalry with that group's external patrons. Mylonas injects international politics into the study of nation-building, building a bridge between international relations and the comparative politics of ethnicity and nationalism.

Understanding Belarus and how Western Foreign Policy Misses the Mark

Author: Grigoriĭ Viktorovich Ioffe
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742555585
Release Date: 2008
Genre: History

In this fascinating study of unfinished nation-building in Belarus, Grigory Ioffe draws on his two dozen research trips to the country to trace Belarus's history, geography, political situation, society, and economy. The ambivalent relationship between Russia and Belarus results in an identity crisis that is not understood by the West, which leads to Western policies toward Belarus that are based on a fallacy of geopolitical thinking. This book will lead readers to a deeper understanding of Belarus, its relationship with Russia, and its still-forming national identity.

Soviet Space Mythologies

Author: Slava Gerovitch
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822980964
Release Date: 2015-07-24
Genre: Science

From the start, the Soviet human space program had an identity crisis. Were cosmonauts heroic pilots steering their craft through the dangers of space, or were they mere passengers riding safely aboard fully automated machines? Tensions between Soviet cosmonauts and space engineers were reflected not only in the internal development of the space program but also in Soviet propaganda that wavered between praising daring heroes and flawless technologies. Soviet Space Mythologies explores the history of the Soviet human space program within a political and cultural context, giving particular attention to the two professional groups—space engineers and cosmonauts—who secretly built and publicly represented the program. Drawing on recent scholarship on memory and identity formation, this book shows how both the myths of Soviet official history and privately circulating counter-myths have served as instruments of collective memory and professional identity. These practices shaped the evolving cultural image of the space age in popular Soviet imagination. Soviet Space Mythologies provides a valuable resource for scholars and students of space history, history of technology, and Soviet (and post-Soviet) history.

Informal Economies in Post Socialist Spaces

Author: J. Morris
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137483072
Release Date: 2015-06-23
Genre: Social Science

Informed by in-depth case studies focusing on a wide spectrum of micro and macro post-socialist realities, this book demonstrates the multi-faceted nature of informality and suggests that it is a widely diffused phenomenon, used at all levels of a society and by both winners and losers of post-socialist transition.