Nomads under arrest: The nation-building and nation-destroying of Kalmyk nomads in Russia

Isaacs, Rico and Bougdaeva, Salgar (2018) Nomads under arrest: The nation-building and nation-destroying of Kalmyk nomads in Russia. Communist and post-Communist Studies, 51 (4). pp. 375-385. ISSN 0967-067X

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2018.10.007

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Abstract

Nomads are positioned outside of the modern conception of nations, which is based on a traditional or modern hierarchical model (Kuzio, 2001) which tends to “dehistoricize and essentialize tradition” (Chatterjee, 2010: 169). Using an analysis of the narrative construction of nomadic Kalmyk nationhood, particularly through historiography and culture, this article demonstrates that in spite of nation-destroying efforts from the Tsarist Empire and the Soviet Union, the Kalmyk nation has been flexible with reinventing cultural strategies in charting the nomadic national imaginary from Chinggis Khan to the Dalai Lama. It argues that nomadic nationhood contains a deeply imaginary response to nomads’ cultural and intellectual milieu which provided a way of freeing itself from Tsarist and Soviet modular narratives of national imagination, demonstrating how nomadic nationhood exists as a non-modular form of nationhood.

Keywords:Nationalism, Nomads, Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Subjects:L Social studies > L240 International Politics
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:09 Sep 2019 10:04

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