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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy$
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Tove H. Malloy and Francesco Palermo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746669.001.0001

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Autonomy as Symbolic Production

Autonomy as Symbolic Production

The Case of Contemporary Russia

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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy

Alexander Osipov

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the ways in which ethnicity is discursively and institutionally linked to territory or decoupled from territory in legislation and public administration. It questions the dominant approach to territorial and non-territorial autonomy (TA and NTA respectively) as organizational settings embodying collective ethnic agency. This approach is tested with empirical evidence from the Russian Federation, a country which has extensively employed both notions of NTA and TA in its domestic politics and legislation. The chapter concludes that the symbolic and discursive dimension of autonomous arrangements may be regarded as an area independent from organizational structures and activities entailing direct practical consequences. The discrepancies between symbolic and instrumental policies can be explained if one assumes that NTA and TA appear as core components of the dominant narrative on ethnicity, rather than as tools of resource distribution or exercise of political power.

Keywords:   autonomy, federalism, Russia

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