Tears in the patchwork : the Sochi Olympics and the display of a multiethnic nation

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Publication Article, other scientific
Title Tears in the patchwork : the Sochi Olympics and the display of a multiethnic nation
Author Persson, Emil
Date 2013
English abstract
This article examines what kind of Russia is being projected in official rhetoric about the Sochi Olympics, arguing that the imagined community of Sochi-2014 is a diverse, inclusive and tolerant nation, even an international example of ethnic conviviality. The article puts this narrative in historical perspective, relating it to the mnogonatsionalnost policies of tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. It is argued that this imagination, though explicitly very inclusive, rests on important exclusions and silences. By selective exhibitions of minority-groups the other is domesticated, stereotyped and reduced to kitsch and folklore, glossing over conflict-ridden histories and prevailing inequalities.
Link http://www.gce.unisg.ch/~/media/Internet/Content/Dateien/InstituteUndCenters/GCE/Euxeinos%20Folder/Emil%20Persson%20Euxeinos%2012_2013.ashx (external link to publication)
Publisher Center for Governance and Culture, University of St. Gallen
Host/Issue Euxeinos;
Volume 12
ISSN 2296-0708
Pages 15-25
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17122 Permalink to this page
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