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Discourses of Russian-speaking youth in Nazarbayev’s Kazakhstan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0188-4074
2019 (English)In: Central Asian Survey, ISSN 0263-4937, E-ISSN 1465-3354, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 217-236Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research into post-independence identity shifts among Kazakhstan’s Russian-speaking minorities has outlined a number of possible pathways, such as diasporization, integrated national minority status and ethnic separatism. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with young people in Almaty and Karaganda, I examine how Russian-speaking minorities identify with the state and imagine their place in a ‘soft’ or ‘hybrid’ post-Soviet authoritarian system. What is found is that Russian-speaking minorities largely accept their status beneath the Kazakh ‘elder brother’ and do not wish to identify as a ‘national minority’. Furthermore, they affirm passive loyalty to the political status quo while remaining disinterested in political representation. Russian-speaking minorities are also ambivalent towards Kazakh language promotion and anxious about the increasing presence of Kazakh- speakers in urban spaces. This article argues that two factors are central to these stances among Kazakhstan’s Russian-speaking minorities: the persistence of Soviet legacies and the effects of state discourse and policy since 1991.

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2019. Vol. 38, no 2, p. 217-236
Keywords [en]
National minorities, post-Soviet identity, Russian-speakers, Soviet legacies, post-Soviet nation-building, national belonging
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385767DOI: 10.1080/02634937.2019.1615409ISI: 000471160000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385767DiVA, id: diva2:1325706
Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved

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