Mijnssen, Ivo

The Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin's Russia I


Back to Our Future! History, Modernity, and Patriotism according to Nashi, 2005-2013



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This important book analyzes the dubious role of the so-called Democratic Antifascist Youth Movement `Nashi´ in contemporary Russia. Part and parcel of the Putinist project of political stabilization, Nashi dominates state-sponsored youth politics in Russia, communicating demands from official discourse to a young audience. Idealizing the past, present, and future of Putin`s Russia, Nashi mobilized young Russians through its emotional appeal, skillful use of symbolic politics and the promise for professional self-realization. However, the movement`s impact remains limited – mostly due to its internal contradictions.
Based on original and meticulous research, Ivo Mijnssen skillfully picks apart the dynamics underlying Nashi`s influence and  furthers a deeper understanding of state-sponsored youth politics in early 21st century Russia.

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Originaltitel (2012): The Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin's Russia I. Back to Our Future! History, Modernity and Patriotism according to Nashi, 2005-2012
260 Seiten, Paperback. 2014
ISBN 978-3-8382-0368-3
ISSN 1614-3515



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„The findings presented here suggest that further studies of Nashi’s rank and file members or regional organizations would provide even greater insights into the evolution of Putinism and youth policy.“
Regina Smyth, Anthropology of East Europe Review, no. 31, Spring 2013


"[B]oth volumes succeed admirably in providing insightful portraits of the language, politics, and agenda of Russia’s youth movements during the Putin years."

The Russian Review (vol. 72, no. 4, Oct. 2013) on (Mijnssen (2012): "The Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin's Russia I" (ISBN 978-3-8382-0368-3) and Lassila (2012): "The Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin's Russia II" (ISBN 978-3-8382-0415-4))


“Mijnssen clarifies the role that historical consciousness plays in the construction of security politics against domestic and external enemies as well as the translation of these constructions into concrete actions with precise conceptual thinking and clear language. This is an excellent study!”
Heiko Haumann, Professor Emeritus of East European History, University of Basel


"Für den Kreml mag Naši als Machtinstrument ausgedient haben.Ivo Mijnssens Studie ist aber gerade dadurch weiterhin relevant, dass sich die nationalpatriotische Orientierung in der russländischen Jugendpolitik nahtlos fortsetzt."
OSTEUROPA, 12/2013

"Both monographs are significant studies that unpick this very interesting phenomenon of contemporary Russia, providing important insights into the political instrumentalization of youth under the country’s authoritarian regime."
Slavonica, Vol. 19, Nr. 2 (Oktober 2013)

"[...] the author provides a fascinating account based on fieldwork diaries."
Victoria Hudson, Europe-Asia Studies, Juni 2014


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