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Nation-Building in the Post-Socialist Region: The Everyday Construction of Identity After Communism
Published by I.B.Tauris
A much-needed analysis of the gap between state policy and on-the-ground reality that will be invaluable to both academics and policymakers.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, nation building and identity construction in the post-socialist region have been the subject of extensive academic research. The majority of these studies have taken a 'top-down' approach - focusing on the variety of ways in which governments have sought to define the nascent nation states - and in the process have often oversimplified the complex and overlapping processes at play across the region. Drawing on research on the Balkans, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe, this book focuses instead on the role of non-traditional, non-politicised and non-elite actors in the construction of identity. Across topics as diverse as school textbooks, turbofolk and home decoration, contributors - each an academic with extensive on-the-ground experience - identify and analyse the ways that individuals living across the post-socialist region redefine identity on a daily basis, often by manipulating and adapting state policy.In the process, Nation Building in the Post-Socialist Region demonstrates the necessity of holistic, trans-national and inter-disciplinary approaches to national identity construction rather than studies limited to a single-state territory. This is important reading for all scholars and policymakers working on the post-socialist region.
Introduction I. Informal Spaces1. Negotiating Identity in a Multi-Ethnic Classroom: Anthropological Explorations of Everyday School Practices in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia - Dilyara Suleymanova2. The Estonian Way of Home-Making: Everyday Visions and Practices from the 1990s to 2000s - Anu Kannike3. Exploring the Link between National Identity and Perceptions of Citizenship in Georgia - Tinatin Zurabishvili, Tamar Khoshtaria, Natia MestvirishviliII. Consumption and Media Spaces1. Why Nations Sell: Reproduction of Everyday Nationhood through Advertising in Russia and Belarus - Marharyta Fabrykant2. The Moldovan Media: a Hotbed of Ntionalist Fervour - Onoriu Col?cel3. Turbofolk as a Means of Identification - Petra S?astnaIII. Border Spaces1. Ethnic and National Identity of Russian Estonians - Eva Sepping2. The National and the Religious among Greek Catholic Transcarpathian - Agnieszka Halemba3. Borders of a Borderland. Everyday Identities in the Context of Border Crossings - Agnes Patakfalvi-Czirjak and Csaba ZahoranIV. Public spaces1. But now everywhere is the West: Cultural Identity in East Berlin after 1989 - Mary Dellenbaugh2. Staging a Nation: Space and Identities in the Skopje Center - Vessela S. Warner3. Countryside Revisited: Ethno Villages and Nation-Building in Serbia - Irena SentevskaConclusion
Jeremy Morris is an associate professor at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. Emilia Pawlusz is a Marie Curie fellow in the School of Governance, Law and Society at Tallinn University.Abel Polese is a senior research fellow at Tallinn University. Oleksandra Seliverstova has just finished her PhD at the Free University of Brussels and Tallinn University (jointly awarded).
Reviewer: Lei Ping
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