Informal Power Structures in Russia and Ethno-Political Conflict in the Northern Caucasus
Ethno-Nationalism, Islam and the State in the Caucasus: Post-Soviet Disorder. ed. by Gammer M. London and New York: Routledge, 2008. p. 1-19.
19 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2013 Last revised: 24 Sep 2014
Date Written: September 10, 2013
Emphasizing the objective nature of all contradictions under consideration (social, ethnic and elitist), it is important to stress that ethno-political conflicts include a significant element of manipulation, which, according to the instrumentalist understanding of social constructions, is being used by elites as a tool to achieve their goals. Once created, a confrontation reproduces itself with the help of social forces through inertia or the forces interested in a particular state of interethnic relations. That is why regulating ethno-political conflicts is so challenging.
Keywords: ethnic conflict, ethnicity, Caucasus, ethnic elites, political system, Soviet Union, national politics, Chechnya, Russia, peace
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