Vladimir Putin has explicitly based his nation-building initiatives on the assumption that there exists a vast pool of common values in Russia that cut across ethnic and regional divides. Nation-Building and Common Values in Russia explores whether Putin is correct in his assumption, and to what degree a 'commonality of values' among the citizens of a country is a crucial element in the establishment of a common identity among them. The study raises two basic questions: Which values are actually common among various groups in Russia's population? And which nation-building strategies are the Russian authorities actually pursuing, centrally and locally? Sociological and political approaches to the study of nation-building and national cohesion in Russia are employed to answer these questions, and the findings contribute to a better understanding of nation-building processes in post-Communist Russia in general and of Putin's strategies in particular.
Chapter 1 Nation-Building in RussiaValue Consensus and Social Cohesion in Russia Chapter 3 The Peculiarities of Nation-Building in the Republic of Komi Chapter 4 Bashkortostan: Preconditions and Prospects of Civic Integration in a Multiethnic Region Chapter 5 The Republic of Dagestan: Nation-Building inside Russia's Womb Chapter 6 The Lonely Heart of the World: Nation-Building and Common Values in Novosibirsk Oblast Chapter 7 Nation-Building and Common Values in St. Petersburg Chapter 8 Moscow's Values: The Masses and the Elite Chapter 9 Russian Regionalism Redefined? Nation-Building, Values and Federal Discourse Chapter 10 Nation-Building and Values in Russian Textbooks Chapter 11 Orthodoxy and Islam in Post-Soviet Russia: Opposing Confessional Cultures or Unifying Force? Chapter 12 Epilogue: Values and State Ideology in Post-Communist Russia Part 13 Appendix: Technical Specifications and Sample Design