Reflections on 'Culture Wars'

Isaacs, Rico (2022) Reflections on 'Culture Wars'. Discussion Paper. Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES).

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This is a short reflective note on culture wars centered around seven statements. It is largely based on the
introduction to the special issue of Europe-Asia Studies co-written with Sarah Whitmore and Jon Wheatley. That
special issue sought to explore the phenomenon of culture wars in the former Soviet space, drawing on case
studies such as Latvia, Georgia, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. I will draw on some of the case studies featured
in that special issue in the reflection below. If there is a definitive take-away from these statement-based
reflections, it is that culture wars are less about culture and more about a struggle for power over access to
resources and rights among a complex of different political, social, and cultural actors, both elite and non-elite.

Keywords:Culture Wars, Illiberalism, post-Soviet, Populism, Identity Politics
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:48439
Deposited On:06 Apr 2022 11:04

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