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Eurasianist Rhetoric in Russia and Kazakhstan. Negotiating Hegemony through different Visions of Society.

Baumann, Mario (2018) Eurasianist Rhetoric in Russia and Kazakhstan. Negotiating Hegemony through different Visions of Society. Central Asia and the Caucasus, 20 (1). pp. 34-42. ISSN 1404-6091. E-ISSN 2002-3839. (KAR id:80662)

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Abstract

This study fathoms the question what Eurasianist discourse in Russia and Kazakhstan reveals about contemporary hierarchy dynamics between Russia and Central Asia.

The Russo-Kazakh Eurasianist discourse offers an instructive example of these dynamics. Both countries’ foreign policy rhetoric formulates different visions of an Eurasianist society that are insightful in understanding their relative positioning towards each other. It is suggested that Russia’s invocation of a civilizational gemeinschaft-type society built on a common culture and identity serves to legitimize its hegemonic claims towards Central Asia. The functional gesellschaft vision which Kazakhstan conveys through its pragmatic Eurasianist rhetoric constitutes in turn a resistance to these hegemonic claims by highlighting sovereign equality and invoking counter-hegemonic narratives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: English School, Negotiated Hegemony, Gemeinschaft, Gesellschaft, Eurasianism, Central Asia, Russia
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: M. Baumann
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2020 16:44 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2020 09:54 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80662 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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