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"Personal Research Funding (PUT)" project PUT1138
PUT1138 "Russian National Identity in a Comparative Context: Towards an Intersubjective Identity Database (1.01.2016−31.12.2019)", Viacheslav Morozov, University of Tartu, Faculty of Social Sciences, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies.
Venemaa rahvuslik identiteet võrdlevas kontekstis: intersubjektiivse identiteedi andmebaasi loomine
Russian National Identity in a Comparative Context: Towards an Intersubjective Identity Database
R&D project
Personal Research Funding (PUT)
Exploratory project
ETIS classificationSubfieldCERCS classificationFrascati Manual classificationPercent
2. Culture and Society2.13. Political Science and AdministrationS170 Political and administrative sciences 5.4. Other social sciences [anthropology (social and cultural) and ethnology, demography, geography (human, economic and social), town and country planning, management, law, linguistics, political sciences, sociology, organisation and methods, miscellaneous social sciences and interdisciplinary, methodological and historical S&T activities relating to subjects in this group. Physical anthropology, physical geography and psychophysiology should normally be classified with the natural sciences]100,0
01.01.2017−31.12.201751 600,00 EUR
01.01.2016−31.12.201651 600,00 EUR
01.01.2018−31.12.201851 600,00 EUR
01.01.2019−31.12.201951 600,00 EUR
206 400,00 EUR

Projekti eesmärgiks on luua kumulatiivne pikaajaline interpretatiivne andmebaas, mis käsitleb Venemaa rahvusliku identiteedi arengut, ning kasutada seda võrdlevates uuringutes konstruktivistlike ja kvantitatiivsete lähenemiste kokkupuutepunktis. Käesolevat uuringut viiakse läbi suurema projekti „Making Identity Count“ raames, mis katab kõiki suurriike. Andmebaasi loomine eeldab rahvusliku identiteedi põhikategooriate empiirilist rekonstruktsiooni mitmete aastate lõikes, alates perioodist 1950-2010 ning ulatudes lõpuks kuni 1810 a. minevikus. Lõpptulemusena luuakse „Rahvusliku identiteedi aruannete“ seeria, „Intersubjektiivsete identiteetide andmestik“ ja „Intersubjektiivne andmebaasi koodiraamat“. Teoreetilisel tasandil ühendab projekt interpretatiivsete teooriate tundlikkust intersubjektiivse reaalsuse suhtes eesmärgiga teha usaldusväärseid ning korratavaid üldistusi. Sellega vähendatakse lahknevust kvantitatiivsete ja interpretatiivsete rahvusvaheliste suhete alaste uuringute vahel.
The aim of the project is to create a cumulative long-term interpretivist dataset on Russian national identity and to use this data in comparative research at the juncture of constructivist and quantitative approaches. It is part of a larger project "Making Identity Count", whose scope includes all major great powers. Creation of the dataset implies empirical reconstruction of the central categories of national identity for a number of years, starting with the period of 1950-2010 and eventually extending the time frame back to 1810. The project will produce a series of National Identity Reports, an Intersubjective National Identities Dataset and the Intersubjective Database Coding Book. The theoretical ambition behind the project is to combine interpretivist sensitivity to intersubjective reality with a commitment to reliable and replicable generalizations and to make a decisive step toward bridging the gap between quantitative and interpretivist research in International Relations.
Our research team is part of a large international project ‘Making Identity Count’, led by Professor Ted Hopf from the National University of Singapore. The task of the Tartu group is to explore national identity of the Soviet Union and Russia, while colleagues from all over the world deal with other influential states. Main goal is to collect comparable data on national identity, which implies creating a standardised collection of sources. We analyse both official documents and popular films and books, in order to compare elite and mass understandings of what being a Soviet or Russian person meant to people living in a concrete time period. The main outcome of the project is a series of ‘National Identity Reports’, which at the moment comprises reviews of the USSR’s and Russia’s identity from 1950 to 2010, with 10-year intervals. These data are important for both International Relations and Cultural Studies scholars, as well as historians. Exploring national identities of different states on the basis of standardised data makes it possible to compare those identities. By doing this we get a better understanding of the emergence of international scholars and can propose hypotheses regarding the development of cooperation, conflict and balance of powers also in the future. National Identity Reports also create points of reference, in the chronological sense, for a wider qualitative research on the evolution of cultural and ideological frames of Russian society. Observing the mutual influence of state ideology and mass views at historic turning points, such as in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, is especially interesting. We are now completing a monograph which examines how the individualist, neo-liberal values dominated the Russian-speaking Soviet cultural space already before Perestroika. One result of the project is a new perspective on how the reforms of the 1990s in Russia created ‘wild capitalism and led to a general disappointment in market economy and democracy.