Tsumarova E. European discourse in the identity politics of the Republic of Karelia // Studia Humanitatis Borealis. 2013. Vol. 1. № 1. P. 42‒52.



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POLITICAL SCIENCE

European discourse in the identity politics of the Republic of Karelia

Tsumarova
   Elena
Lecturer,
Petrozavodsk State University Faculty of Political and Social Sciences Chair of Political Science and International Relations,
Petrozavodsk, tsumarova@gmail.com
Ключевые слова:
Identity politics
Republic of Karelia
Northern Europe
cooperation
identity
Аннотация: This article aims to analyze the place of Europe in the identity politics of the Republic of Karelia. The theoretical base for this research is constructivist approach to investigating political communities. Politics of regional identity is understood as activities of political elites, aimed at constructing the image of a “we-community” within the administrative borders of the region. The European Union is examined as a “Significant Other” based on comparison with which, the formation of Karelian identity takes place. The article emphasizes that on the level of discourse Karelia is perceived as an intangible part of Europe, because it shares the same common European values. At the same time the appeal to Europe while carrying out identity politics has a utilitarian character and is largely aimed at attracting additional resources.

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