Kirill Telin 1, Kirill Filimonov 2
  • 1 Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, 1, Moscow, Russian Federation 119234
  • 2 Institute of Socio-Political Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Fotieva str., 6, bld. 1 Moscow, Russian Federation 119333

Identity Gaps: How and Why a Nation Eludes A State

2020, vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 35–73 [issue contents]
The concept of “national identity” is one of the most popular constructs linking political theory and policy agents’ requests intended to maintain socio-political order in general, and to legitimize policy in particular. This aspect of legitimacy as explored through the national identity issue engages our attention in this review. The authors explore this aspect as applied to the problem of classical political order, focusing on state capacities and policymaking, accompanied rhetorically by a national identity discourse and based on common values, beliefs, and models of behavior. The review starts from a skepticism towards state capabilities and its claim to monopolize reproduction of a socio-political order which appeals to a volatile idea of a “nation.” This is an obvious case for political philosophy and the social sciences, and also a strong example to illustrate the complexities that states face in the “colonizing” of a public sphere. The complexities are particularly expressed in a growing uncertainty of all statutes of identity-politics agents. The article emphasizes that precisely because of the “colonization” strategy, a “nation” eludes a state that loses its reference points such as “order” or “stability.” The authors conclude that a policy of such a style described above will always be emasculated and fail to provide any kind of social integration.
Citation: Telin K., Filimonov K. (2020) Probely identichnosti: kak i pochemu natsiya uskol'zaet ot gosudarstva [Identity Gaps: How and Why a Nation Eludes A State]. The Russian Sociological Review, vol. 19, no 1, pp. 35-73 (in Russian)
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