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Minority youth, everyday racism and public spaces in contemporary Russia

Ziemer, U; (2011) Minority youth, everyday racism and public spaces in contemporary Russia. EUR J CULT STUD , 14 (2) 229 - 242. 10.1177/1367549410385182.

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of global change and post-Soviet political transformation on diasporic youth cultural practices and experience in Krasnodar, a city in southern Russia. While young Armenians' leisure spaces are characterized by inclusive notions of ethnic plurality and tolerance, sometimes individuals are racialized or ethnicized when they pass through public spaces. Young Armenians' leisure spaces are ethnically structured, but not ethnically exclusive. This article challenges the view that young people from ethnic minorities are passive recipients of everyday racism. Instead, it is suggested that young Armenians have routinized their responses to racism and xenophobia in their everyday practices, and so are able to undermine the dominant political discourse.

Type:Article
Title:Minority youth, everyday racism and public spaces in contemporary Russia
DOI:10.1177/1367549410385182
Keywords:Armenian youth, everyday racism, leisure, public space, Russia, youth cultural practice
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

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