Film and Nation-Building in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Isaacs, Rico and Carter, Todd (2013) Film and Nation-Building in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Other. The Gadfly.

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Nation building is a process which is often contested, not just among different ethnicities within a nation-state, but also among the titular ethnic majority. This article explores the contested nature of the nation-building process in post-Soviet Kazakhstan through the examination of several cinematic works. Utilising a post-modern perspective which views nations and national identity as invented, imagined and ambivalent; it identifies four discursive strands within recent post-Soviet Kazakh cinema pertaining to nationhood and national identity (acknowledged as ethno-centric, civic, religious and socio economic). Rather than exposing the government’s attempts to transmit their own version of nationhood upon the viewing populace as a straightforwardly ‘top-down’ process; these strands illustrate the enormous variation in understanding of what constitutes ‘the nation’ and national identity across Kazakhstan’s film industry.

Keywords:Kazakhstan, Nationalism, Nation-Building, Film
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L Social studies > L260 Comparative Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:37058
Deposited On:27 Sep 2019 09:51

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