Making Great Power Identities in Russia

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Martin Müller

An ethnographic discourse analysis of education at a Russian elite university

ISBN 978-3-643-90010-4
Band-Nr. 4
Jahr 2009
Seiten 256
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Reihe Forum Politische Geographie

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This book examines how the discourse of a strong Russia makes geopolitical
subjects at a Moscow elite university. In so doing, it provides an inside
perspective on the education of the future Russian elites and thus,
possibly, on the future directions of Russian foreign policy.

Through the prism of poststructuralist discourse theory this study tries
to think the production of geopolitical identities, applying the work of
theorists like Foucault and Laclau and Mouffe. It finds that what is at
the heart of Russian great power identities is a constitutive lack that
makes for a fundamental ambiguity: articulations of a strong Russia are
always intertwined with the imminent possibility of a weak Russia.

Martin Müller is Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities and
Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland

Ausgezeichnet mit dem Klaus-Mehnert-Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für
Osteuropakunde (DGO) / awarded the Klaus-Mehnert-Prize of the German
Association for Eastern European Studies (DGO) for the best research