In The Name Of The Nation

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This book deconstructs the equation of nationalism with the extreme right in Russia. Nationalism now extends throughout all of the country and can not be seen as a phenomenon confined to the margins of society. This study rejects the interpretation that understands Kremlin-backed patriotism as simply part of a fascist trend in Russia and as a rapprochement between the political authorities and the extreme right. A simplistic analysis of such a paradoxical phenomenon addresses neither the basic issue of social ...

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Overview

This book deconstructs the equation of nationalism with the extreme right in Russia. Nationalism now extends throughout all of the country and can not be seen as a phenomenon confined to the margins of society. This study rejects the interpretation that understands Kremlin-backed patriotism as simply part of a fascist trend in Russia and as a rapprochement between the political authorities and the extreme right. A simplistic analysis of such a paradoxical phenomenon addresses neither the basic issue of social consensus nor that of the inherent relationship between national identity and citizenship.

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“With In the Name of the Nation, Marlene Laruelle has produced an important and engaging reinterpretation of nationalism’s role in Putin’s Russia. Drawing on an impressively broad range of sources, she warns against treating Russian nationalism as either the realm of radical extremism or the natural expression of any unique, civilizational Russian alienation from the West. In fact, she presents a strong case that Russian nationalism today is best understood as a reasonably successful Kremlin strategy to reconnect with and reunify Russian society after the tumultuous 1990s and to promote the ‘triple goal’ of modernization, normalization, and—as provocative as it might sound—westernization. At the same time, this is a nationalism that privileges the state over the individual, the officeholder over the citizen. Covering everything from film to skinhead attacks to high politics, this book will greatly interest anyone who wants to learn more about either Russia or the more general phenomenon of nationalism.”— Henry E. Hale, The George Washington University

“The aim of the book, to produce a study of Russian nationalism which looks at the connections of the phenomenon with society as a whole and the state, and not only the extreme right, is praiseworthy. Dr Laruelle is seeking to do more than this, however. She is aiming to write a textbook about contemporary Russia, using Russian nationalism as a sort of prism through which to analyze contemporary Russia.”—Dr. Peter Duncan, Senior Lecturer in Russian Politics and Society, University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies

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Meet the Author

Marlene Laruelle is a Senior Research Fellow at the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University. Her main areas of expertise are Nationalism, national identities, political philosophy, intellectual trends and geopolitical conceptions of the elites in Russia and Central Asia. She is the author of Russian Eurasianism. An Ideology of Empire (Woodrow Wilson Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and the editor of Russian Nationalism and the National Reassertion of Russia (Routledge, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Part I. Mobilizing Against The Other: From The Extreme Right To Mass Xenophobia
• Chapter 1 Nationalism: A Means of Taking up the Challenges?
• Chapter 2 The Evolution of Political Radicalism, 1990-2000
• Chapter 3 On the Impossibility of a Typological Classification
• Chapter 4 In Quest of Social Mobilization: The Skinhead Phenomenon
• Chapter 5 Anti-Immigration: the Long-Awaited Ideological Consensus
Chapter 6 Xenophobia: a Mass Phenomenon in Russia
• Part II. A Political Environment Shaped by the Nationalist Referent
• Chapter 7 “Identity Populism”: The Communist Party and Liberal-Democratic Party
• Chapter 8 Rodina, the New Face of Uncomplicated Nationalism
• Chapter 9 Patriotic Centrism Under the Auspices of the Kremlin
• Chapter 10 United Russia or Nomenklatura Nationalism
• Part III. The Motherland, a New Social Contract?
• Chapter 11Rediscovering Pride: The Rehabilitation of the Motherland
• Chapter 12 The Army as a Metaphor for the Nation: Patriotic Education Programs
• Chapter 13 Promoting Symbolic Capital: the Orthodox Church
• Chapter 14 Reorganizing the Associative Fabric: the Youth Movements
• 15 Thinking the Nation in its Complexity: Doctrinal Debates in the Kremlin

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