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Chechnya as a Stage and a Role

Valery Tishkov

in Chechnya

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238879
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238879.003.0014
Chechnya as a Stage and a Role

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This chapter discusses the war ramifications of Chechnya and solutions to its conflicts. The Chechens made a major effort to create a memorial saga of suffering and sacrifice so as to build up group images that would call forth sympathy from outsiders. Such images were needed, not so much for establishing the truth, as for justifying their rejection of the laws of Russia and the resort to armed force by those who had not personally experienced the trauma of deportation. The image of victim was thus used for shedding moral and civil obligations and replacing them with arguments of historical revenge. These ideologies destroyed the former Soviet system of rule and simultaneously indulged in an unrealized project of restoring an imagined order (based on clan structure and religion) that had never previously existed.

Keywords: memorial saga; deportation; civil obligations; clan structure; Soviet system

Chapter.  6765 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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