While the collapse of communism in Russia was relatively peaceful, ethnic relations have been deteriorating since then. This deterioration poses a threat to the functioning of the Russian state and is a major obstacle to its future development. Analysing ethnic relations in the North Caucasus, this book demonstrates how a myriad of processes that characterised post-Soviet transition, including demographic change, economic upheaval, geopolitical instability, and political re-structuring, have affected daily life for citizens. It raises important questions about ethnicity, identity, nationalism, sovereignty, and territoriality in the post-Soviet space.
1. Introduction 2. Ethnicity in Post-Soviet Russia 3. The Post-Soviet North Caucasus 4. Post-Soviet Population Change 5. Ethnic Discrimination and Violence in Stavropol Kray 6. Discourses of Demonisation: Chechens, Russians, and the Stavropol Riots of 2007 7. Contested Memorialisation: Understanding Ethnic Relations Through the Built Environment 8. Performing Ethnic Relations: Regional Spectacles in Stavropol Kray 9. Conclusion
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