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Rebounding Identities: The Politics of Identity in Russia and Ukraine
     

Rebounding Identities: The Politics of Identity in Russia and Ukraine

by Dominique Arel (Editor), Blair A. Ruble (Editor)
 

An examination of post-Soviet society through ethnic, religious, and linguistic criteria, this volume turns what is typically anthropological subject matter into the basis of politics, sociology, and history.

Ten chapters cover such diverse subjects as Ukrainian language revival, Tatar language revival, nationalist separatism and assimilation in Russia, religious

Overview

An examination of post-Soviet society through ethnic, religious, and linguistic criteria, this volume turns what is typically anthropological subject matter into the basis of politics, sociology, and history.

Ten chapters cover such diverse subjects as Ukrainian language revival, Tatar language revival, nationalist separatism and assimilation in Russia, religious pluralism in Russia and in Ukraine, mobilization against Chinese immigration, and even the politics of mapmaking. A few of these chapters are principally historical, connecting tsarist and Soviet constructions to today's systems and struggles. The introduction by Dominique Arel sets out the project in terms of new scholarly approaches to identity, and the conclusion by Blair A. Ruble draws out political and social implications that challenge citizens and policy makers.

Rebounding Identities is based on a series of workshops held at the Kennan Institute in 2002 and 2003.

Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs

A creditable sample of the work done in many post-Soviet-study groups sponsored by the Kennan Institute over the last ten years.

Ukrainian Weekly

Geared toward scholars but equally enriching for the layperson, this volume allows readers to gain a greater understanding of the situation in Russia and Ukraine.

Choice

This is a first-class book, exceptionally well organized and clearly written... Highly recommended. All readership levels.

Russian Review - Bohdan Harasymiw

To review such a well-thought-out, well-researched, and well-executed volume is a distinct pleasure.

Slavic Review - Paul D'Anieri

This collection is well worth reading.

Canadian Slavonic Papers - Roman Szporluk

Anyone planning to devise a new course in any of the fields represented here, or in comparative cultural or religious studies, will find ideas for topics and questions here, as well as rich material for a syllabus. Needless to say, any such new syllabus will have to include the volume under review.

Russian Review
To review such a well-thought-out, well-researched, and well-executed volume is a distinct pleasure.

— Bohdan Harasymiw

Slavic Review
This collection is well worth reading.

— Paul D'Anieri

Canadian Slavonic Papers
Anyone planning to devise a new course in any of the fields represented here, or in comparative cultural or religious studies, will find ideas for topics and questions here, as well as rich material for a syllabus. Needless to say, any such new syllabus will have to include the volume under review.

— Roman Szporluk

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801885624
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2006
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.24(d)

What People are Saying About This

Ronald Suny

Edited by seasoned scholars and introducing the work of younger scholars, this is a unique work that takes the somewhat overused concept of identity and gives it substance and meaning in particular contexts, turning it into a useful category of social scientific inquiry. The material is new, the research exemplary, and the various essays manage to give new interpretations of the subjects.

Ronald Suny, University of Michigan

David Laitin

This is a superior volume, one of the best I have reviewed over the past several decades, because of its contributions of original research and its new directions to thinking about post-Soviet society and polity.

David Laitin, Stanford University

Meet the Author

Dominique Arel is associate professor of political science and the first titular of the chair of Ukrainian Studies at University of Ottawa. Blair A. Ruble is director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the author, most recently, of Creating Diversity Capital: Transnational Migrants in Montreal, Washington, and Kyiv.

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