The War in Chechnya in Russian Cinematographic Representations

Biopolitical Patriotism in “Unsovereign” Times

In: Transcultural Studies

The paper explores the identitarian context of Russia’s cinematic narratives on the war in Chechnya. It draws on various strategies of war representation through films and uncovers their ideological and political underpinnings. The author explicates how the cinematographic imagery grounded in the Chechen war experience boosts the hegemonic discourse of the Kremlin, and then discusses whether fictional films deliver critical or counter-hegemonic arguments.

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    F. Moeller‘The looking / not looking dilemma’Review of International Studies 35 (2009): 783.

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    A. Kangas‘From interfaces to interpretants: a pragmatic exploration into popular culture as international relations’Millenium: Journal of International Studies 38(2) (2009): 322.

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    J. Joseph‘Governmentality of what? Populations, states and international organizations’Global Society 23(4) (2009): 424.

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    M. Dillon and L. Lobo-Guerrero‘Biopolitics of security in the 21st century: an introduction’Review of International Studies 34 (2008): 274.

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    B. Singer and L. Weir‘Politics and sovereign power: considerations on Foucault’European Journal of Social Theory 9(4) (2006): 458.

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    N. Widder‘Foucault and power revisited’European Journal of Political Theory 1(4) (2004): 422.

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    J. OksalaFoucault Politics and Violence (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press2012).

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    O. Riabov and T. Riabova“The remasculinization of Russia? Gender, nationalism, and the legitimation of power under Vladimir Putin”Problems of Post-Communism 61(2) (2014): 23–35.

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    J. Oksala‘Violence and the biopolitics of modernity’Foucault Studies 10 (2010): 29–30.

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    D. Gillespie‘Defense of the realm: the ‘new’ Russian patriotism on screen’The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies 3 (2005).

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    A. Morozov‘Sem’ novostei rossiiskoi vnutrennei politiki: kak umiraet politicheskoe’Slon10 October 2013 http://vpratus.livejournal.com/8026.html. (Accessed 20 April 2016.).

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