Identity and Nation Building in Everyday Post-Socialist Life

1st Edition

Abel Polese, Jeremy Morris, Emilia Pawłusz, Oleksandra Seliverstova

Routledge
Published August 2, 2017
Reference - 182 Pages
ISBN 9781138736412 - CAT# Y327153
Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

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Summary

This book explores the function of the “everyday” in the formation, consolidation and performance of national, sub-national and local identities in the former socialist region. Based on extensive original research including fieldwork, the book demonstrates how the study of everyday and mundane practices is a meaningful and useful way of understanding the socio-political processes of identity formation both at the top and bottom level of a state. The book covers a wide range of countries including the Baltic States, Ukraine, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and considers “everyday” banal practices, including those related to consumption, kinship, embodiment, mobility, music, and the use of objects and artifacts. Overall, the book draws on, and contributes to, theory; and shows how the process of nation-building is not just undertaken by formal actors, such as the state, its institutions and political elites.

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