Patriotic discourses in Russia's penal peripheries: remembering the Mordovian Gulag

Judith Pallot, Laura Piacentini, D. Moran

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Abstract

Using materials gathered during field work in the penal region in the southwest corner of the Republic of Mordoviya in 2007, the authors examine the official representations of the history of the Mordovan gulag from 1930 to the present day. Through an analysis of the penal authority's institutional newspaper, its museum and anniversary celebrations marking the founding of the Mordovan gulag, the authors argue that a stress in the official history on continuity and tradition of service is evidence of growing confidence of this part of the security apparatus after their loss of status in the 1990s associated with the collapse of the penal economy and negative comment by international monitors and domestic penal reformers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume62
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • penal region
  • Republic of Mordoviya
  • Mordovan gulag
  • penal economy
  • penal reform
  • Russia
  • patriotic discourses

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