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Chechen ethnic identity: assessing the shift from resistance to submission

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Marat Iliyasov

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Abstract

This article critically assesses the ostensible transformation in Chechen ethnic identity. Journalists and scholars who came to this conclusion based their claim on obvious changes in Chechen behavior. The brave and irreconcilable resistance the nation demonstrated during the First and the Second Russo-Chechen Wars of 1994–1996 and 1999–2009, respectively, was replaced by a submissive and loyal stance with regard to the new authorities and recent enemies. This article investigates whether such a change in behavior reflects a corresponding change in ethnic identity. This article asserts that ‘non-Chechen’ behavioral models do not signify changes in Chechen ethnic identity by presenting and analyzing Chechen narratives concerning the question. In summary, this article concludes that the ethnic identity of the nation remained mainly untouched. This conclusion is supported by the observed continuity of Chechen resistance, which has always been driven by cherished values such as freedom.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-493
Number of pages19
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Volume54
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Chechen, Identity, Behavior, Freedom, Resistance, War

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