Peaceful Tactics and Territorial Autonomy Formation: Analyzing Post-Soviet Transformation

By Renat Shaykhutdinov.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Why do nation-states, which have long been standardizing and unifying their lands and languages, allow the formation of ethnically distinct territorial autonomies? Few existing theoretical studies that entertain this question heavily rely on hard power explanations of territorial autonomy formation, such as groups’ economic and military capabilities. Employing the arguments advanced in the nonviolence literature and tracing the process of territorial autonomy formation in the case of Tatars in the Russian Federation, this study revises the conventional claim. It concludes that groups which rely on peaceful tactics such as verbal or written communication of discontent as well as nonviolent protests have a significant potential to achieve territorial autonomy.

Keywords: Tatarstan, Nonviolence, Territorial Autonomy

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.315-326. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 658.624KB).

Dr. Renat Shaykhutdinov

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Renat Shaykhutdinov is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He came to FAU in 2007 from Texas A&M University where he received his PhD. He earned his BA degrees in Political Science and International Relations, and Sociology from Bogazici University (the University of Bosphorus) in Istanbul, Turkey. His teaching and research interests include comparative and international politics, ethnic conflict, research methods, power-sharing arrangements, decentralization, the politics of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, and nonviolence. His recent work on nonviolence appears in Journal of Peace Research. Renat Shaykhutdinov is a native of the East European city of Kazan located in the Middle Volga Region and is fluent in Tatar, Russian, and Turkish.

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