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“Biggest Nationalist in the Country”

Self-Descriptive Uses of “Nationalist” in Contemporary Russia

Veera Laine

opponents.” 8 The negative connotation of nationalism is, thus, deeply rooted in Russian history. As Jussi Kurunmäki and Jani Marjanen note, isms are contested and historically changing concepts that have significant rhetorical potential. In political

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Socialisms in the Tsarist Borderlands

Poland and Finland in a Contrastive Comparison, 1830—1907

Wiktor Marzec and Risto Turunen

There are probably few ism concepts that have influenced European political trajectories at the turn of the twentieth century more profoundly than socialism . This concept was at the vortex of the great transformation of European societies into

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The Invisible Inhabitants of a Cultural Limbo

Religion Identities among Igdir Ja'faris

Mehmet Ali Sevgi

mostly known by the name Shi'ism, the name Ja'fari is also widely used, especially for Turkish Shi'is living in Turkey. In the interviews, it was observed that the participants used both terms to identify themselves. Based on these points, the term Shi

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Mary Elaine Hegland

Bridget Blomfield, The Language of Tears, My Journey into the World of Shi’i Muslim Women (Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 2015) Diane D’Souza, Partners of Zaynab: A Gendered Perspective of Shia Muslim Faith (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2014) Karen G. Ruffle, Gender, Sainthood, and Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi’ism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press)

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Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Mansheetal Singh, Don Handelman, Nurit Stadler, Timothy P. A. Cooper, Nella van den Brandt, Elza Kuyk, Paul-François Tremlett, Lieke Wijnia, Gemma Aellah, Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic, Silvia Rivadossi, Inês Lourenço, and Davide Torri

as ritual is practiced in changing worlds—an endeavor I will be happy to pursue in my future work. Nurit Stadler The Hebrew University of Jerusalem RUFFLE, Karen G., Everyday Shi‘ism in South Asia , 368 pp., illustrations, teaching

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Ism Concepts in Science and Politics

Jani Marjanen

will include two more articles that relate to the theme. The articles were chosen based on an open call for papers that was circulated widely. In parallel to this issue, a special issue on the political rhetoric of isms is also being published in the

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Russia’s ‘Other Ummah’

From ‘Ethnic Shi’ism’ to Ideological Movement?

Bruno De Cordier

Since the beginning of the Syrian War, ties between Russia and the Shia sphere are primarily examined in terms of geopolitics, while little attention is being paid to the indigenous as well as immigrant Shia populations in Russia itself. Depending on the motives and circumstances that brought and bring various individuals and groups to more actively-professed Ja’fari Shi’ism, these can become the most active champions of its cause, or of social movements inspired by this persuasion. As such, the Shia element in Russia might become more relevant and present than its low-profile minority state suggests.

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Mythili Rajiva

In this article, I examine how second generation South Asian Canadian girls negotiate their racialized position in peer culture, through various strategies of accommodation, denial and resistance. I use feminist post-structuralist theories of discourse and positioning with feminist and narrative methods to analyze my interviews with ten subjects about their racialized adolescence. I argue that girls use certain strategies of accommodation—'passing', wannabe-ism, and strategic Otherness—to fit in without abandoning their ethnicized identities. Strategies of denial surface through girls' internalizing of dominant discourses of racism; this leads them to rationalize racism or invoke assimilationist narratives that hold minorities responsible for their own experiences of exclusion. Girls also use strategies of resistance in which they identify hegemonic discourses of belonging, speak openly about racism or criticize aspects of white culture in the context of South Asian community and family norms.

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Art of Solidarity

Cuban Posters for African Liberation 1967–1989

David Fleming

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool Art of Solidarity is an exhibition bursting with color, opinion, and attitude. It is therefore perfectly sited at Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum (ISM), 1 created 10 years ago with the intention of

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Anton Jansson, Kai Vogelsang, and Nele Kuhlmann

of -Isms” Exploring China’s Sattelzeit Ivo Spira, A Conceptual History of Chinese –Isms: The Modernization of Ideological Discourse, 1895–1925 (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 344 pp. KAI VOGELSANG University of Hamburg Ivo Spira’s Conceptual History of