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National Identity and Globalization
Youth, State, and Society in Post-Soviet Eurasia

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  • Date Published: June 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521699631

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  • Is globalization in danger of diluting national identities and 'transnationalizing' cultures? How can societies attempt to manage globalization and become developed while maintaining a viable national identity? In this 2007 study of three globalizing states and cities in post-Soviet Eurasia - Russia (Astrakhan), Kazakhstan (Almaty), and Azerbaijan (Baku) - Douglas W. Blum provides an empirical examination of national identity formation, exploring how cultures, particularly youth cultures, have been affected by global forces. Blum argues that social discourse regarding youth cultural trends - coupled with official and non-official approaches to youth policy - complement patterns of state-society relations and modes of response to globalization. His findings show that the nations studied have embraced certain aspects of modernity and liberalism, while rejecting others, but have also reasserted the place of national traditions.

    • An empirical examination of national identity formation
    • Studies three nations in post-Soviet Eurasia: Russia (Astrakhan), Kazakhstan (Almaty), and Azerbaijan (Baku)
    • Will appeal to scholars and graduate students of Russian, East European and Central Asian studies as well as scholars studying globalization, culture and national identity in politics and sociology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Blum’s focus is how the state and various nonstate actors go about distinguishing healthy from unhealthy values and then promoting the right ones among the young. Blum has produced a tightly argued and empirically rich yet succinct comparative portrait -- one deeply conversant with the immense literature on social and political identity.”
    Robert Levgold, Foreign Affairs

    “This process-based explanation of national identity creation in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Russia is different from other works in several different aspects, making Blum’s work a welcomed addition to the existing literature not only in the subject of national identity creation, but also in area studies. There are several reasons that make Blum’s book a good read…[Blum] explores this process of national identity making using the tools of sociology as well as anthropology, which makes National Identity and Globalization: Youth, State and Society in Post-Soviet Eurasia an interdisciplinary book that fuses area studies with the subject of national identity creation.”
    Lerna K. Yanik, Bilkent University, International Studies Review

    “This is a theoretically wide-ranging and methodologically ambitious study of the ways states and societies mediate the effects of cultural globalization. Blum incorporates insights from diverse literatures and regions to create a useful three-fold typology of absorption, rejection, and assertion. It serves well to explain how cultural entrepreneurs help fashion a hybrid identity from the confrontation between the hegemonic influences associated with the United States and invented or adapted local and national traditions. Blum combines methods of discourse analysis, interviews, and focus groups conducted during his field research to produce a convincing analysis of youth culture and national identity in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. His study contributes to our understanding not only of the post-Soviet space but of the process of globalization more broadly.”
    Matthew Evangelista, Professor of Government, and Director, Peace Studies Program, Cornell University

    “In this empirically rich and theoretically wide-ranging exploration of national identity construction in Baku, Astrakhan, and Almaty, Blum shows how states and societies struggle to come to grips with the imperatives of globalization while using the same to advance their own constructed interests in maintaining their fundamental uniqueness. Far beyond the former Soviet space, Blum's arguments will help readers reflect upon globalization and its discontents.”
    Ted Hopf, Senior Research Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

    “In one of the first works that in crisp detail makes concrete what has been argued by identity theorists, Douglas Blum illustrates the complex, interactive process in which social identities are constructed. Looking at yound people comparatively in three post-Soviet republics - Russia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan - he shows how identities created by adults become those consumed by the next generation. Based on extensive field work and deep knowledge of the theoretical literature, this study looks at the various actors who imagined new national identities in the face of the challenge of globalization. Blum moves the investigation of identity formation at a moment of radical transformation a giant step forward.”
    Ronald Grigor Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History, University of Chicago

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521699631
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Global responses to globalization
    2. Theoretical assumptions and methods
    3. The discourse of globalization and youth culture
    4. National youth identity policy
    5. Collaborative entrepreneurship
    6. Shaping national youth identity on the ground
    7. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Douglas W. Blum, Providence College, Rhode Island

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