Russian Borderlands in Change: North Caucasian Youth and the Politics of Bordering and Citizenship, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Russian Borderlands in Change

North Caucasian Youth and the Politics of Bordering and Citizenship, 1st Edition

By Tiina Sotkasiira


176 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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While moving across borders has been made easier for some in Russia in recent years, for others, physical as well as socio-cultural borders are proving to be more and more difficult to cross. Tackling the differences between the ways in which official discourses construct borders and the ways people who live there experience them in their everyday lives, this book uses innovative theoretical approaches and empirical work with young North Caucasian migrants to explore issues of identity, citizenship, exclusion and belonging. The Chechen war, terrorist attacks and confrontations between Caucasian migrants and local residents have served as touchstones for intense public debates about who belongs in Russian society and who does not. Young people of North Caucasian origin are experiencing the effects of such debates as they learn to negotiate and maintain their identities in an environment in which they are defined as a threat to national security whilst simultaneously being pressured to align with core civic values of the state. This book reflects on the notion that the cultural borders, which define civic liberties and people’s right to belong, are increasingly being defined within society, and not by the external borders of states.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Bordering Russian Citizenship

1. North Caucasus – Russia’s Inner Abroad

2. Bordering as Political Practice: Case Kondopoga

3. Bordering as Social Practice: Life at the Border

4. Talking Back the Dangerous Identities

5. Young People and the Politics of Bordering

About the Author

Tiina Sotkasiira is a researcher at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Eastern Finland.

About the Series

Border Regions Series

Border Regions Series
In recent years, borders have taken on an immense significance. Throughout the world they have shifted, been constructed and dismantled, and become physical barriers between socio-political ideologies. They may separate societies with very different cultures, histories, national identities or economic power, or divide people of the same ethnic or cultural identity. As manifestations of some of the world's key political, economic, societal and cultural issues, borders and border regions have received much academic attention over the past decade. This valuable series publishes high quality research monographs and edited comparative volumes that deal with all aspects of border regions, both empirically and theoretically. It will appeal to scholars interested in border regions and geopolitical issues across the whole range of social sciences.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography