Inventing Majorities

Ideological Creativity in Post-Soviet Societies



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Inventing Majorities
Ideological Creativity in Post-Soviet Societies
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The recent history of post-Soviet societies is heavily shaped by the successor nations’ efforts to geopolitically re-identify themselves and to reify certain majorities in them. As a result of these fascinating processes, various new ideologies have appeared. Some are specific to the post-Soviet space while others are comparable to ideational processes in other parts of the world. In this collected volume, an international group of contributors delves deeper into recent theoretical constructions of various post-Soviet majorities, the ideologies that justify them, and some respectively formulated policy prescriptions. The first part analyzes post-Soviet state-builders’ fixation on certain constructed majorities as well as on these imagined communities’ symbolic self-identifications, in- or outward othering, and national languages. The second part deals specifically with post-Soviet ideas of sovereigntism and the way they define majorities as well as imply changes in internal and external policies and legal systems. These processes are analyzed in comparison to similar phenomena in Western societies. The book’s contributors include (in the order of their appearance): Natalia Kudriavtseva, Petra Colmorgen, Nadiia Koval, Ivan Gomza, Augusto Dala Costa, Roman Horbyk, Yana Prymachenko, Yuliya Yurchuk, Oleksandr Fisun, Nataliya Vinnykova, Ruslan Zaporozhchenko, Mikhail Minakov, Gulnara Shaikhutdinova, and Yurii Mielkov.
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Dr. Mikhail Minakov is Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC, as well as editor of the Kennan Institute’s blog Ukraine Focus. He is also editor of the Milan-based Ideology and Politics Journal and philosophy website Koine. Among Minakov’s recent books are From “The Ukraine” to Ukraine (co-edited with Georgii Kasyanov and Matthew Rojansky, ibidem 2021), Post-Soviet Secessionism (co-edited with Daria Isachenko and Gwendolyn Sasse, ibidem 2021), A History of Experience (in Ukrainian, Laurus 2019), Development and Dystopia (ibidem 2018), Photosophy (in Ukrainian, Laurus 2017), and Demodernization (co-edited with Yakov Rabkin, ibidem 2018; in Italian, Ledizioni 2021). His over 90 articles have appeared in, among other journals, Russian Politics and Law, Russian Social Science Review, Southeastern Europe, Transit, Studi slavistici, Mondo economico, Porownania, Neprikosnovennyi zapas, Sententiae, Krytyka, Agora, Ukraina moderna, and Filosofska dumka.
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Reviews

"This volume offers multiple perspectives on the process of (re-)imagining post-Soviet identities. Framed by the original concept of ‘ideological creativity’, several case studies explore how majorities define the “self” and “the other”, how identities are shaped by particular spaces, and how claims to sovereignty remain contested. A thoughtful contribution to ongoing debates."
--Gwendolyn Sasse, the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

"The three decades of political turmoil in the post-Soviet states hollowed by their fleeting and fleeing elites while still presumed to be transitioning towards something more civilized, does not mean only a lasting crisis. In the countries with the once formidable intelligentsia like Ukraine and Georgia, the same disorderly conditions can sometimes foster intellectual creativity of the highest world mark. Read this book and marvel at the potent phrases such as: Legitimacy now belongs to the global Maidan which exists outside the modern state."
--Georgi Derluguian, New York University Abu Dhabi

"Combining philosophy, sociology, political science and public history, this volume focuses on the powers of imagination in the mastery of everyday life—individual, national and global. Consisting of ten research papers, the collection documents the panorama of broad East-European “ideological creativity”, which is manifested in construction of new sovereign majorities. Combining universal meanings with post-Soviet specificities, these stories present the current debates about state sovereignty and ideological sovereigntism in the wider contexts of post-transition, demodernization and deglobalization. Sophisticated and complex, these analyses will inspire generations of researchers who will be puzzled by the mysteries of our time."
--Alexander Etkind, European University Institute

"In this volume Mikhail Minakov has carefully selected a unique group of experts to assemble a path-breaking and challenging volume. The volume focuses on perhaps the most critical and most neglected question in the field today- the invention and construction of "majorities" in post-Soviet space. The brilliance of the volume is in this: instead of viewing majorities as solely reductions, as impositions from outside powers, Minakov and the collection's authors underscore that majorities, for good and ill, are the consequence of political imaginaries by active, self-fashioning political agents. Thus, the authors present the post-Soviet space as a place of articulated and rearticulated ideologies, and of self and group conceptions, symbolic developments of worldview and of collective space."
--Christopher Donohue, National Human Genome Research Institute
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Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Petra Colmorgen, Augusto Dala Costa, Oleksandr Fisun, Roman Horbyk, Ivan Gomza, Nadiia Koval, Natalia Kudriavtseva, Mielkov Yurii, Mikhail Minakov, Yana Prymachenko, Gulnara Shaikhutdinova, Nataliya Vinnykova, Yuliya Yurchuk, Ruslan Zaporozhchenko
Editor Mikhail Minakov, Andreas Umland
Number of pages 388
Language English
Publication date Mar 22, 2022
Weight (kg) 0.5070
ISBN-13 9783838216416