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Internal Colonization and the Phenomenon of Moscow-phobia in Russian Province Regions

Sociologija i Prostor. 2017. Vol. 55. No. 3 (209). P. 271-296.
Radina N., Koskina M.

The article presents the results of investigation of the Moscow-phobia as a social phenomenon through empirical data that includes 881 interviews taken in the Nizhnii Novgorod region in 2002 and in 2014. The analysis of Moscow-phobia builds on the thesis of Alexander Etkind that internal colonization reproduces cultural distances.

The findings are explained in the context of the two theories of internal colonization: Marxist and post-colonial. Earlier, Rossman described five concepts of the Moscow-phobia based on territorial economic inequalities and political hegemony of the center.

This study complements the list with other forms of phobia, as the participants expressed their anxiety through articulation of a cultural distance and the domination of province.

Thus, the central argument of this article is that contemporary Russia incorporates both trends of decolonization and reproduction of internal colonialism in the context of relationships between the “center” (the capital) and the “periphery” (the regions).