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

Identity in Formation The Russian Speaking Populations in the New Abroad 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 l

  • Title: Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the New Abroad
  • Author: David D. Laitin
  • ISBN: 9780801484957
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 book Laitin portrays these Russian speakers as a beacSince 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 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 On the basis of ethnographic field research, discourse analysis, and mass surveys, Laitin analyzes trends in Estonia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.

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    1 thought on “Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the New Abroad”

    1. I did not like his rational choice model, but do like the more ethnographical part of the book. Read Brubaker's "Nationalism Reframed" first, since Laitin directly responds to many of his concepts in this book. A big question remains: Does a decision to learn the tutelar language for Russians mean an identity shift? which is almost assumed, and not fully addressed in this book.

    2. 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.

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