Symbols and the Image of the State in Eurasia

  • Anita Sengupta

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Anita Sengupta
    Pages 1-23
  3. Anita Sengupta
    Pages 111-125
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 127-138

About this book


This book discusses the significance of cultural symbols/‘images’ in the nation-building of Eurasian states that emerged out of the former Soviet Union. It particularly focuses on the cases of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in the post-Soviet era and argues that the relationship between nation- and image-building has been particularly relevant for Eurasian states. In an increasingly globalized world, nation-state building is no longer an activity confined to the domestic arena. The situating of the state within the global space and its ‘image’ in the international community (nation branding) becomes in many ways as crucial as the projection of homogeneity within the state. The relationship between politics and cultural symbols/ ‘images’, therefore acquires and represents multiple possibilities. It is these possibilities that are the focus of Symbols and the Image of the State in Eurasia. It argues that the relationship between politics and cultural symbols/ ‘images’, became particularly relevant for states that emerged in the wake of the disintegration of the Soviet Union in Central Asia. It extends the argument further to contend that the image that the state projects is largely determined by its legacy and it attempts to do this by taking into account the Uzbek and Kazakh cases. In the shaping of the post-Soviet future these legacies and projections as well as the policy implications of these projections in terms of governmentality and foreign policy have been decisive. 


Multicultural Societies in Asia History of Statehood in Eurasia Foreign Policy in Eurasia Post-Soviet Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan Nation Branding in Eurasia Political Symbolism Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding Rhetoric and Politics Identity Politics Governance and Political Legitimacy Post-Soviet States Eurasianist Discourse Kazakh Eurasianism Regions and Regional Organizations Multilateral Initiatives and the Image of the State

Authors and affiliations

  • Anita Sengupta
    • 1
  1. 1.Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian StudiesKolkataIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2391-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2392-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5466
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5474
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