National in form, Putinist in content: minority institutions ‘outside politics’

Prina, F. (2018) National in form, Putinist in content: minority institutions ‘outside politics’. Europe-Asia Studies, 70(8), pp. 1236-1263. (doi: 10.1080/09668136.2018.1465892)

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Over the past three decades, Russia has developed a set of institutions for the management of ethno-linguistic diversity based on the principle of ‘national cultural autonomy’. This article examines the positioning of these institutions within Russian society, arguing that while state-endorsed discourses locate them within the culture sphere—treated as distinct from political processes—there is in fact an interpenetration of ‘politics’ and ‘culture’. The article identifies why these institutions position themselves within the ‘cultural sphere’ while also supporting the country’s meta-narratives on inter-ethnic tolerance and, effectively, the political status quo. Soviet legacies of inter-ethnic relations continue to be socially embedded, yet within this framework some dissenting voices are also discerned.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number ES/L007126/1]. The data will be deposited with the UK Data Service Data, Collection Number 852375.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Prina, Dr Federica
Authors: Prina, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Europe-Asia Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN (Online):1465-3427
Published Online:06 June 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Europe-Asia Studies 70(8):1236-1263
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
632461National Minority Rights & Democratic Political Community: Practices of Non-territorial Cultural Autonomy in Contemporary Central and Easter EuropeDavid SmithEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/L007126/1SPS - CENTRAL & EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES