SSRC Dissertation Development Fellow Nicole Butkovich Kraus

Constructing Xenophobia: Geography, Gender, and Generation of Nation

Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Project Description
This dissertation is a study of the construction of xenophobia that has and is taking place in the Russian Federation along critical axes of gender, geography, and generation. This study includes the following chapters: 1.) The History of Xenophobia in Russia: Imperial, Soviet, and Modern 2.) Theories of Xenophobia: Implicit in the Nation? 3.) The Methodology of Xenophobia: Specifying the Concept 4.) Gendered Russian Xenophobia: Masculinity, Violence, and Symbolic Mothers 5.) Geographic Variation of Xenophobic Attitudes: The Role of Place 6.) Young Xenophobia: Do Rioters Represent Most Young Russians? 7.) Is Russian Xenophobia an Exception? Cross-National Comparisons, and 8.) Conclusion: Russia for the Russians? Implications of Xenophobia for Domestic and International Policy.

Nicole M. Butkovich Kraus is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include xenophobia and nationalism, race/class/gender theory, stratification, and qualitative and quantitative methods. Nicole is an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Demography and Ecology at UW-Madison. Nicole was recently featured in the SSRC webinar ‘By the Numbers’ as an expert on Russian data sources. Her current research projects include a multilevel analysis of xenophobic attitudes throughout the regions of the Russian Federation as well as a theoretical paper on different forms of prejudice.

Photo from the field - Nicole Butkovich Kraus