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'Fragmented belonging' on Russia's forested western frontier

Lankina, Tomila V. ORCID: 0000-0002-8303-1747 (2008) 'Fragmented belonging' on Russia's forested western frontier. Conservation and Society, 6 (1). pp. 24-34. ISSN 0972-4923

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Karelia is a forestry-rich region on Russia's northwestern frontier. This article shows how institutional arrangements for local government were a product of contending efforts of western donors and other transnational actors, the federal and regional governments, and the municipalities. Russia's re-centrali­sing reforms and broader authoritarian context notwithstanding, Karelia illustrates how the choice of lo­cal institutions, and ideas about representation and citizenship are increasingly shaped by actors beyond the central state. Borrowing insights from J.S. Migdal and J.C. Ribot, this article argues that the result is shifting cognitive boundaries and 'fragmented belonging' in a dynamic process of contestation and re­contestation of citizenship.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Conservation and Society
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 14:18
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:49

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