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.
Table of Contents
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
Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, UK. He was formerly an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK, and Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.