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Mixed MessagesMediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia$
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Kathryn E. Graber

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750502

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750502.001.0001

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Native Autonomy in a Multinational State

Native Autonomy in a Multinational State

(p.27) 1 Native Autonomy in a Multinational State
Mixed Messages

Kathryn E. Graber

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the conceptions of autonomy, indigeneity, and other dimensions of native belonging in the multinational Russian state. It explains why many Buryats have not taken up discourses of indigenous rights, even though doing so would likely benefit them in concrete financial and political ways. It also points out how Buryat cultural leaders pursued ethnonational instead of indigenous rights. The chapter reviews the conceptions of native autonomy in the multinational state of Russia. It analyzes the dimension of contemporary Buryat identity as products of the civilizing mission of European Russia in Asia, as semiautonomous subjects of a newly ethnic–nationalist Russia, and as pacifistic multiculturalists.

Keywords:   Russian state, Buryats, indigenous rights, ethnonational, native autonomy, European Russia, multiculturalists

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