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Tears in the patchwork: The Sochi Olympics and the display of a multiethnic nation
Lunds universitet / Malmö högskola.
2013 (English)In: Euxeinos, ISSN 2296-0708, no 12, 15-25 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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This article examines what image of Russia is being projected in official rhetoric about the Sochi Olympics. It is argued that the imagined community being displayed 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. 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.

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2013. no 12, 15-25 p.
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31166OAI: diva2:1047738
Available from: 2016-11-18 Created: 2016-11-16 Last updated: 2016-11-18Bibliographically approved

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