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Antiquization processes in the Macedonian, Kazakh and Turkmen National Narratives: Visual constructs that shape political conceptions

Agata Rogoś
Published Online: 2018-11-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/openps-2018-0008


The goal of this chapter is to conduct the analysis of the national symbols systems in the public space of Skopje (Macedonia), Astana (Kazakhstan) and Aşgabat (Turkmenistan) that are being represented in national political discourses along with a wide interpretation and contextualization in the framework of the postsocialist process of reconstruction of national symbolism in order to indicate identity and restoration structures and development of the actual national discourse in Macedonia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. In the actual process of reconstruction of national symbols system in analyzed cultural traditions it is important to underline the influence of nationalist ideology, which both in the Balkans and Central Asia has appeared in the form of ethno-nationalisms, where such factors as: language, history, culture and religion have been of crucial importance for construction of the idea of community that defined particular ethnos. One of the most influential tools of national ideology is taking the advantage of historical arguments aiming to expose the previous control over certain territory through the power structure, introduced by the present day nation.

Keywords: nationalism; monuments; antiquization; Kazakh; Turkmen; Macedonian identity


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Received: 2018-02-07

Accepted: 2018-10-15

Published Online: 2018-11-20

Published in Print: 2018-11-01

Citation Information: Open Political Science, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 111–123, ISSN (Online) 2543-8042, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/openps-2018-0008.

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