1st Edition

Russian Nationalism and Ethnic Violence Symbolic Violence, Lynching, Pogrom and Massacre

By Richard Arnold Copyright 2016
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    Nationalism is now the dominant narrative in Russian politics, and one with genuine popularity in society. Russian Nationalism and Ethnic Violence is a theoretical and empirical study which seeks to break the concept of "ethnic violence" into distinguishable types, examining the key question of why violence within the same conflict takes different forms at certain times and providing empirical insight into the politics of one of the most important countries in the world today.

    Theoretically, the work promises to bring the content of ethnic identity back into explanations of ethnic violence, with concepts from social theory, and empirical and qualitative analysis of databases, newspaper reports, human rights reports, social media, and ethnographic interviews. It sets out a new typology of ethnic violence, studied against examples of neo-Nazi attacks, Cossack violence against Meskhetian Turks, and Russian race riots.

    Russian Nationalism and Ethnic Violence brings hate crimes in Russia into the study of ethnic violence and examines the social undercurrents that have led to Putin’s embrace of nationalism. It adds to the growing body of English language scholarship on Russia’s nationalist turn in the post-Cold War era, and will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand not only why different forms of ethnic violence occur, but also the potential trajectory of Russian politics in the next 20 years.

    1. Theorizing forms of ethnic violence and situating the puzzle
    2. Ethnic Violence in Post-Soviet Russia.
    3. Russia’s Fascist Subculture: Why are there different forms of neo-Nazi violence, 2000-2009?
    4. Another turn of the wheel: Ethnic violence and its absence against Meskhetian Turks in Krasnodar and Rostov, 1989-2004
    5. The Kondopoga Technology: Race riots in Russia 2005-2013
    6. Conclusion


    Richard Arnold is Associate Professor of Political Science at Muskingum University where he teaches comparative politics and international relations.? He?was the 2015 recipient of the William Rainey Harper?award for Outstanding Scholarship and has published numerous articles in PS: Political Science and Politics, Theoretical Criminology, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, Nationalities Papers, and Journal for the Study of Radicalism.?He graduated with his doctorate in 2009 from The Ohio State University and a BA in 2003 from the University of York in the United Kingdom.