National identity and politics in Southern and Eastern Ukraine

  title={National identity and politics in Southern and Eastern Ukraine},
  author={Paul S. Pirie},
'I MYSELF DO NOT KNOW WHAT KIND OF SOUL I HAVE, Khokhol [i.e. Ukrainian] or Russian'.1 Nikolai Gogol, the great author, thus agonised over his own national identity. As this remark illustrates, individuals may undergo a long, drawn-out process of determining their identity. Yet, as Paul R. Spickard, an American sociologist, has noted, 'most observers have tended to see ethnicity as two boxes: either one has a given ethnicity or one does not'.2 Census statistics which force individuals to select… CONTINUE READING


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