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Constructing GrievanceEthnic Nationalism in Russia's Republics$
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Elise Giuliano

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801447457

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801447457.001.0001

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Ethnic Entrepreneurs, Ordinary People, and Group Grievance

Ethnic Entrepreneurs, Ordinary People, and Group Grievance

(p.1) 1 Ethnic Entrepreneurs, Ordinary People, and Group Grievance
Constructing Grievance

Giuliano Elise

Cornell University Press

This book examines the factors that drove people with ethnic identities to support nationalism in some cases but not in others. Drawing on variation in mass nationalist mobilization and regional secessionism across sixteen ethnic republics of the Russian Federation, it shows why ordinary people respond to the appeals of nationalist leaders calling for a radical change in the status quo. It explores how popular support for nationalism develops as part of political mobilization, a process that transforms the meaning of ethnic identity, and suggests that people throw their support behind nationalist movements after developing a group grievance. Group grievances arise from the interaction between people's experiences in local labor markets and issues concerning ethnic economic inequality that were articulated by ethnic entrepreneurs. It is these grievances that inspire support for nationalist transformation and account for the rise of ethnonationalism.

Keywords:   nationalism, secessionism, Russian Federation, political mobilization, ethnic identity, group grievances, labor markets, ethnic economic inequality, ethnic entrepreneurs, ethnonationalism

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