Russian soft power in Ukraine: A structural perspective

Cheskin, A. (2017) Russian soft power in Ukraine: A structural perspective. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 50(4), pp. 277-287. (doi: 10.1016/j.postcomstud.2017.09.001)

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In this article, I adopt a structural approach to Russian soft power, switching focus from the supposed agent of power (Russia), towards the subjects of power (Ukrainians). I outline the applicability of this approach to empirical studies into soft power, demonstrating how soft power can be examined from bottom-up, discursively-focused perspectives. The empirical analysis then traces how Ukrainians (do not) link their self-identities to discursive understanding of “Russia”. Reviewing recent insights into the relationship between soft power and affect, I argue that Ukrainians' cultural, historical and linguistic ties with Russia often lack necessary emotional force to generate meaningful soft power.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cheskin, Dr Ammon
Authors: Cheskin, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Communist and Post-Communist Studies
ISSN (Online):1873-6920
Published Online:04 October 2017

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595121LBAS Phase IIRichard BerryArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/K000063/1SPS - CENTRAL & EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES