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Thesis title: The Impact of Globalization on National Identities in Post-Soviet Societies
Start year: 2017
As a case sui generis, my PhD project discusses the reality of the two concepts Globalization and National Identity within the context of the former Soviet Union and emphasize why post-Soviet citizens’ national identification with their nation is disproportionally affected by the side effects of globalization. Previous scholars, operating from a qualitative perspective, have often based their findings on only a country’s minority and previous quantitative have proven inconsistent. In light of this, my PhD project uses a combination of both quantitative and qualitative methods within a longitudinal framework, since a longitudinal mixed-method approaches will provide us with a more nuanced understanding of the causal relationship between Globalization and National Identity. As a result, my PhD project can be divided into a quantitative (MPhil stage) and a qualitative phase (PhD stage).
Within the MPhil stage, several multilevel regression analyses (Hox 2010) have been carried out in the program interface R, to observe the impact of globalization on national identities among 13 post-Soviet countries.
Given the former Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan political elites’ dual approach towards processes of Globalization, together with the country’s unique tetrachotomy of National Identity narratives (ethnic, civic, socio-economic and quasi-primordial tengerism), make Kazakhstan a valuable, appropriate and interesting case-study to observe the influence of Globalization on ordinary citizens’ perception of their National Identity within a post-Soviet country. In contrast to previous scholars operating from a qualitative perspective, who mainly focused on the country’s elite’s perception of the Kazakh national identity, my research’s qualitative component’s original contribution to knowledge at PhD stage, is to deliver an in-depth understanding of how any correlation between Globalization and National Identity can be interpreted and understood by some sections of the ordinary population of Kazakhstan, through the conducting focus groups interviews in Astana and Kostanay in summer 2019.
Globalization, Nationalism, National Identity, Post-Soviet Space, Kazakhstan, Mixed Methods
My main research interests include the debates on Globalization and Nationalism, the Reminiscence of Soviet Nationalizing Policies, the political philosophical debates on Totalitarianism and Feminism and the usage of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Political Science. Political Theory and Philosophy (with focus on Isaiah Berlin, Hannah Arendt, Bakunin, Herzen). Post-Soviet Countries (with focus on Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan). Feminism (Camille Paglia, Margaret Cavendish). Combined usage of qualitative and quantitative Methods in Social Science. Program Interface R.