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Constructing Boundaries: Discourse-Models of Embodiment of Komi Identity
In contemporary Russian political discourse, there is evident ambiguity regarding the question of multiculturalism. On the one hand, there are center- and “Russian”-oriented politicians in Moscow, however, it contradicts with a position of regions which elites are still producing local awareness. This research is dedicated to finding discourse-models of self-identification on the example of Komi people. In this paper, there will be a deep analysis of interviews taken with the Komi people in Syktyvkar city. The essential factors for a sampling of respondents have been that, firstly, they identify themselves as Komi, and secondly, that they occupy the strategic places (political, cultural) in the formation of national mere. This paper does not have historiographical perspective, but it aims to analyze the snapshot in the moment of taking the interviews (August 2017). Analyzing symbolic and ethnic boundaries, I will show that the ethnicity is blurred and that this concept has situational character. Moreover, an interesting question here is how they not only identify but also how they produce their own culture.