The ethno-violence nexus: measuring ethnic group identity in Chechnya

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Abstract

If scholars and policy-makers are to understand contemporary ethnic conflict, we must first understand ethnic group identity. I make the case that ethnic group identity has substantial effects on collective action, particularly violent conflict, and a mechanism must exist to predict behaviour to properly measure ethnic group identity. This study asks, then: what exactly is ethnic group identity and can it be accurately measured? I address this by developing the Ethnic Group Identity Index (EGII), which seeks to measure the strength of ethnic group identity. I then use the EGII to measure strength of ethnic group identity within Chechnya. The implications abound for policy-makers in matters of conflict management strategies for the Russo-Chechen conflict, and more generally, for all ethnic politics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-146
Number of pages24
JournalEast European Politics
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Chechnya
  • Russian Federation
  • conflict
  • political culture
  • post-communism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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