Identity in Formation: The Russian-speaking Populations in the Near Abroad

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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, nationality groups have claimed sovereignty in the new republics bearing their names. With the ascendance of these titular nationality groups, Russian speakers living in the post-Soviet republics face a radical crisis of identity. That crisis is at the heart of David D. Laitin's keenly awaited book.

Laitin portrays these Russian speakers as a "beached diaspora" since the populations did not cross international borders; the borders themselves receded. He asks what will become of these populations. Will they learn the languages of the republics in which they live and prepare their children for assimilation? Will they return to a homeland many have never seen? Or will they become loyal citizens of the new republics while maintaining a Russian identity? Through questions such as these and on the basis of ethnographic field research, discourse analysis, and mass surveys, Laitin analyzes trends in four post-Soviet republics: Estonia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.

Laitin concludes that the "Russian-speaking population" is a new category of identity in the post-Soviet world. This conglomerate identity of those who share a language is analogous, Laitin suggests, to such designations as "Palestinian" in the Middle East and "Hispanic" in the United States. The development of this new identity has implications both for the success of the national projects in these states and for interethnic peace.


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Review: Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the New Abroad

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I had to read this as part of my graduate level poli sci class. Started out surprisingly readable, but then he whipped out the numbers and I kept falling asleep. Celotno mnenje


Why the Peripheral Peoples Did Not Become Russians
Three Patterns of Peripheral Incorporation
Family Strategies in Response to the Cataclysm
If Not Assimilation Then What?
Survey Results
An Experiment
Turning Megalomanians into Ruritanians
The RussianSpeaking Nationality in Formation
Russian Nationalism in Russia and the Near Abroad
Identity and Ethnic Violence
Future Trajectories of Nation and State
Methodological Appendix
Authorities Consulted
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O avtorju (1998)

David D. Laitin is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics, History, and Culture at the University of Chicago.

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