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Post-Soviet Racisms

  • Brings together work on the critical analysis of racialisation in the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation

  • Applies this new theoretical framework to the process of racialisation

  • Adds a new regional focus to debates on racialisation


Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Nikolay Zakharov, Ian Law
    Pages 1-15
  3. Nikolay Zakharov, Ian Law, Minna Harjo
    Pages 17-51
  4. Nikolay Zakharov, Ian Law, Aliaksei Lastouski
    Pages 53-90
  5. Nikolay Zakharov, Ian Law
    Pages 91-127
  6. Nikolay Zakharov, Ian Law, Maya Shmidt
    Pages 129-183
  7. Nikolay Zakharov, Ian Law
    Pages 185-187
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 189-250

About this book


This book is novel not only in its theoretical framework, which places racialisation in post-communist societies and their modernist political projects at the centre of processes of global racism, but also in being the first account to examine both these new national contexts and the interconnections between racisms in these four regions of the Baltic states, the Southern Caucasus, Central Asia and Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, and elsewhere. Assessments of the significance of the contemporary geopolitical contexts of armed conflict, economic transformation and political transition for racial discourse are central themes, and the book highlights the creative, innovative and persistent power of contemporary forms of racial governance which has central significance for understanding contemporary societies.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students in the areas of racism and ethnicity studies.


nation racialisation sociology Estonia Latvia Uzbekistan Lithuania Kyrgyzstan Armenia ethnicity post-communist

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesSödertörn UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.School of Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Nikolay Zakharov is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University, Sweden.

Ian Law is Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK.

Bibliographic information


“The central aim of the book is to reconfigure race theory at the global level. … The book is addressed to a diverse audience, from academics to general readers seeking to learn about racism beyond the headlines. As part of a broader project, Palgrave Macmillan’s Mapping Global Racisms series, this book gives added value to the systematic study of racism.” (Oxana Karnaukhova, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 71 (5), 2019)