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Struggle Over Identity

The Official and the Alternative "Belarusianness"

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Struggle Over Identity by Nelly Bekus
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Rejecting the cliche about weak identity and underdeveloped nationalism, Bekus argues for the co-existence of two parallel concepts of Belarusianness - the official and the alternative one - which mirrors the current state of the Belarusian people more accurately and allows for a different interpretation of the interconnection between the democratization and nationalization of Belarusian society. The book describes how the ethno-symbolic nation of the Belarusian nationalists, based on the cultural capital of the Golden Age of the Belarusian past (17th century) competes with the nation - institutionalized and reified by the numerous civic rituals and social practices under the auspices of the actual Belarusian state. Comparing the two concepts not only provides understanding of the logic that dominates Belarusian society's self-description models, but also enables us to evaluate the chances of alternative Belarusianness to win this unequal struggle over identity.

Author Biography

Nelly Bekus is a freelance Belarusian writer and publicist, member of the European Cultural Parliament
Release date Australia
April 15th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
Hungary
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Central European University Press
Pages
300
Dimensions
160x229x23
ISBN-13
9789639776685
Product ID
3958063

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