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Energy and Identity: Imagining Russia as a Hydrocarbon Superpower
Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, History of ideas.
2011 (English)In: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, ISSN 0004-5608, E-ISSN 1467-8306, Vol. 101, no 4, 783-794 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relationship between energy systems, on the one hand, and narratives and practices of identity building at different scales, on the other, has received little attention in the mainstream human geography and social science literature. There is still a paucity of integrated theoretical insights into the manner in which energy formations are implicated in the rise of particular cultural self-determinations, even though various strands of work on energy and identity are frequently present throughout the wideand rather disparatecorpus of social science energy research. Therefore, this article explores the manner in which the exploitation and management of energy resources is woven into discourses and debates about national identity, international relations, a nation's path of future development, and its significance on the global arena using the case of Russia. We investigate some of the policies, narratives, and discourses that accompany the attempt to represent this country as a global oenergy superpowero in relation to the resurrection of its domestic economy and material prosperity, on the one hand, and the restoration of its global status as a derzhava (or oGreat Powero), on the other. Using ideas initially developed within the field of critical discourse analysis, we pay special attention to the national identity-building role played by geographical imaginations about the country's past and present energy exports to neighboring states. We argue that they have created a hydrocarbon landscape in which the discursive and material have become mutually entangled to create an infrastructurally grounded vision of national identity.

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2011. Vol. 101, no 4, 783-794 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14977DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2011.567942ISI: 000291495100009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79958722326OAI: diva2:482921
Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2012-01-24 Last updated: 2014-02-10Bibliographically approved

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