Contested spaces: the use of place-names and symbolic landscape in the politics of identity and legitimacy in Azerbaijan

  title={Contested spaces: the use of place-names and symbolic landscape in the politics of identity and legitimacy in Azerbaijan},
  author={Ars{\`e}ne Saparov},
  journal={Central Asian Survey},
  pages={534 - 554}
  • A. Saparov
  • Published 1 September 2017
  • Sociology
  • Central Asian Survey
ABSTRACT This article deals with the political manipulation of symbolic landscape, using post-Soviet Azerbaijan as a case study. In particular, it looks at the practice of toponym changes as an element of political legitimization and national identity-making. The political use and manipulation of place-names and symbolic landscape is a relatively recent phenomenon that became particularly widespread in the twentieth century. It is widely used for ideological or nationalist purposes throughout… 

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