Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions

identity politics in Ukraine, 1991-2006

Peter Rodgers

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract

Since independence in 1991, issues of nation and identity have become highly debated topics in Ukraine. This monograph explores not only how national identity is being (re)constructed by the Ukrainian state, but also the processes by which it is negotiated through society. The central argument of this work is that too much attention, concerning identity in Ukraine, has focused on markers of ethnicity and language. Instead, the author advocates a regional approach, engaging with the issue of how Ukraine's regional differences affect nation-building processes. Following the tumultuous events of the 'Orange Revolution', the view of Ukraine as a country inherently 'divided' between 'East' and 'West' has (re)emerged to become a popular explanation for political events. The study outlines the necessity for academics, policymakers and indeed politicians to veer away from this simplistic 'West versus East' divide. The book advocates an analysis of Ukraine's unique brand of regionalism not in terms of divisions, but in terms of regional differences and diversity. The author deconstructs the concept of 'Eastern Ukraine' by focusing on three Ukrainian localities, all adjacent to the Ukrainian-Russian border. The study examines how individuals provide 'their' own understanding of the place of their region within the wider processes of nation building across Ukraine. In doing so, the book develops a 'regional' approach to the study of identity politics in Ukraine.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationStuttgart (DE)
PublisherIbidem
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)9783898219037
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Publication series

NameSoviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series
PublisherIbidem

Fingerprint

Ukraine
politics
history
state formation
regional difference
event
regionalism
national identity
politician
ethnicity
language

Keywords

  • nation
  • identity
  • Ukraine
  • national identity
  • society
  • ethnicity
  • language
  • regional differences
  • nation-building processes
  • Orange Revolution
  • political events
  • West versus East divide
  • regionalism
  • diversity

Cite this

Rodgers, P. (2008). Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions: identity politics in Ukraine, 1991-2006. (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series). Stuttgart (DE): Ibidem.
Rodgers, Peter. / Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions : identity politics in Ukraine, 1991-2006. Stuttgart (DE) : Ibidem, 2008. 208 p. (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series).
@book{63ccb67f92d34cd6a38303f93291d009,
title = "Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions: identity politics in Ukraine, 1991-2006",
abstract = "Since independence in 1991, issues of nation and identity have become highly debated topics in Ukraine. This monograph explores not only how national identity is being (re)constructed by the Ukrainian state, but also the processes by which it is negotiated through society. The central argument of this work is that too much attention, concerning identity in Ukraine, has focused on markers of ethnicity and language. Instead, the author advocates a regional approach, engaging with the issue of how Ukraine's regional differences affect nation-building processes. Following the tumultuous events of the 'Orange Revolution', the view of Ukraine as a country inherently 'divided' between 'East' and 'West' has (re)emerged to become a popular explanation for political events. The study outlines the necessity for academics, policymakers and indeed politicians to veer away from this simplistic 'West versus East' divide. The book advocates an analysis of Ukraine's unique brand of regionalism not in terms of divisions, but in terms of regional differences and diversity. The author deconstructs the concept of 'Eastern Ukraine' by focusing on three Ukrainian localities, all adjacent to the Ukrainian-Russian border. The study examines how individuals provide 'their' own understanding of the place of their region within the wider processes of nation building across Ukraine. In doing so, the book develops a 'regional' approach to the study of identity politics in Ukraine.",
keywords = "nation, identity, Ukraine, national identity, society, ethnicity, language, regional differences, nation-building processes, Orange Revolution, political events, West versus East divide, regionalism, diversity",
author = "Peter Rodgers",
year = "2008",
month = "1",
day = "1",
language = "English",
isbn = "9783898219037",
series = "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series",
publisher = "Ibidem",

}

Rodgers, P 2008, Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions: identity politics in Ukraine, 1991-2006. Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series, Ibidem, Stuttgart (DE).

Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions : identity politics in Ukraine, 1991-2006. / Rodgers, Peter.

Stuttgart (DE) : Ibidem, 2008. 208 p. (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series).

Research output: Book/ReportBook

TY - BOOK

T1 - Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions

T2 - identity politics in Ukraine, 1991-2006

AU - Rodgers, Peter

PY - 2008/1/1

Y1 - 2008/1/1

N2 - Since independence in 1991, issues of nation and identity have become highly debated topics in Ukraine. This monograph explores not only how national identity is being (re)constructed by the Ukrainian state, but also the processes by which it is negotiated through society. The central argument of this work is that too much attention, concerning identity in Ukraine, has focused on markers of ethnicity and language. Instead, the author advocates a regional approach, engaging with the issue of how Ukraine's regional differences affect nation-building processes. Following the tumultuous events of the 'Orange Revolution', the view of Ukraine as a country inherently 'divided' between 'East' and 'West' has (re)emerged to become a popular explanation for political events. The study outlines the necessity for academics, policymakers and indeed politicians to veer away from this simplistic 'West versus East' divide. The book advocates an analysis of Ukraine's unique brand of regionalism not in terms of divisions, but in terms of regional differences and diversity. The author deconstructs the concept of 'Eastern Ukraine' by focusing on three Ukrainian localities, all adjacent to the Ukrainian-Russian border. The study examines how individuals provide 'their' own understanding of the place of their region within the wider processes of nation building across Ukraine. In doing so, the book develops a 'regional' approach to the study of identity politics in Ukraine.

AB - Since independence in 1991, issues of nation and identity have become highly debated topics in Ukraine. This monograph explores not only how national identity is being (re)constructed by the Ukrainian state, but also the processes by which it is negotiated through society. The central argument of this work is that too much attention, concerning identity in Ukraine, has focused on markers of ethnicity and language. Instead, the author advocates a regional approach, engaging with the issue of how Ukraine's regional differences affect nation-building processes. Following the tumultuous events of the 'Orange Revolution', the view of Ukraine as a country inherently 'divided' between 'East' and 'West' has (re)emerged to become a popular explanation for political events. The study outlines the necessity for academics, policymakers and indeed politicians to veer away from this simplistic 'West versus East' divide. The book advocates an analysis of Ukraine's unique brand of regionalism not in terms of divisions, but in terms of regional differences and diversity. The author deconstructs the concept of 'Eastern Ukraine' by focusing on three Ukrainian localities, all adjacent to the Ukrainian-Russian border. The study examines how individuals provide 'their' own understanding of the place of their region within the wider processes of nation building across Ukraine. In doing so, the book develops a 'regional' approach to the study of identity politics in Ukraine.

KW - nation

KW - identity

KW - Ukraine

KW - national identity

KW - society

KW - ethnicity

KW - language

KW - regional differences

KW - nation-building processes

KW - Orange Revolution

KW - political events

KW - West versus East divide

KW - regionalism

KW - diversity

UR - http://www.ibidemverlag.de/Series/Soviet-and-Post-Soviet-Politics-and-Society/Nation--Region-and-History-in-Post-Communist-Transitions.html

M3 - Book

SN - 9783898219037

T3 - Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series

BT - Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions

PB - Ibidem

CY - Stuttgart (DE)

ER -

Rodgers P. Nation, region and history in post-communist transitions: identity politics in Ukraine, 1991-2006. Stuttgart (DE): Ibidem, 2008. 208 p. (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series).