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Russian Nationalism and Ethnic Violence

Symbolic Violence, Lynching, Pogrom and Massacre

By Richard Arnold

© 2016 – Routledge

170 pages

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

  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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL031000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
POL060000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC020000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOC051000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society