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Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Post-Soviet World

Sarah Smyth and Conny Opitz

In this volume, researchers in the fields of language in society, sociolinguistics, language politics, diaspora and identity studies explore the contacts between languages and cultures in the post-Soviet world. The book presents a range of perspectives on the effects of migration and of re-drawing of borders among groups and individuals for whom the Russian language has had an instrumental or symbolic prominence. How do recent geopolitical shifts impact on the policies and practices of newly independent states? How have communities and individuals come to redefine their own identities and core values? How does a cultural context in which the power relations between cultural and linguistic groups have been reversed or recalibrated affect the attitudes of each group? How does the potential for transnational identities impact on the interplay between diasporic and homeland communities? How does migration influence linguistic and parenting practices? This collection of fers answers to these and many other questions through case studies from eleven regions in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.

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America see United States of America Armenia (Republic of ) 10, 279–301 Armenians 92 Asia 4, 96, 103–104 Azerbaijan 27, 286, 298 Azerbaijanis 250, 252 Baltic countries 45–85, 91, 208, 280, 289 Barnaul 112, 137 Bandera 164, 175, 179 Bashkirs 98 Belarus 27, 87, 91, 99–101, 106–108, 181 Belarusians 53, 87, 92, 98–100, 105, 250, 251, 253, 254, 260, 261, 266–270 Canada 25, 208 Central Asia 4, 92, 104, 209, 210, 249, 280, 289 Central and Eastern Europe 96 Chechens 250 China (People’s Republic of ) 104, 105, 107, 249, 253, 254, 260, 261, 266–270 Chinese 230 Chuvashes 250 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Cyprus 228 Daugavpils 56, 62, 124, 127 Estonia 11, 45, 51, 91, 100–101, 106, 153, 211, 213, 304 see also Baltic countries Estonians 53–85, 92 Eurasia 107 European Union (EU) 4, 104, 105, 106, 107, 112, 115 Europe 4, 83, 96, 97, 103, 104, 112, 131, 137, 183, 299 Finland 169, 208, 211, 215, 216, 217, 220 Finns 208–217, 220, 223, 224 Georgia 4, 27, 91, 178, 227–228, 233, 235 Georgians 92, 178 Germans (ethnic) 7, 184, 186, 250, 251 Germany 26, 38, 77, 143, 183–199, 225 Ghana 230 Gorbachev 91, 94, 228 Greece 228, 239 Greeks 298 Greeks (Pontic) 24, 227–245 Haifa 158 Ida-Viru (county) see Ida-Virumaa Ida-Virumaa 54, 76 Ingria 208, 209, 215, 216, 217, 223 Ireland 112–137 Israel 21–43, 141–161, 169 Israelis (Russian —) 21–43, 141–161 Japan...

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