This title was first published in 2001. This stimulating and well-written text is particularly suitable as a subsidiary text for courses in politics, sociology and ethnic studies.
’I can only highly recommend a book which is not only thought-provoking and valuable, but is also a reaction on behalf of the human imagination, common sense and generosity of spirit to the many manifestations of retrogressive thinking still prevalent today. Parallel Cultures is a fascinating study by a group of young scholars from what used to be called the Eastern Bloc…essential for those who believe tolerance to be the guiding light of the twenty-first century (and even more essential reading for bigots!).’ Sir Peter Ustinov ’Parallel Cultures may well become a catchword in discussion of identity, nationalism, or minorities as much as, say, imagined community� or invention of tradition�…Lord’s essay founds a moral anthropology.’ Professor André Liebich, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Switzerland ’…polemic and grappling with a problem that is of real and contemporary importance. That is what will make it very well worth buying.’ Maurice Keen, University of Oxford, UK
Contents: Parallel cultures, Christopher Lord; Competing cultures, conflicting identities: the case of Transylvania, Gavril Flora; Transformations of ethnic identity: the case of the Bulgarian Pomaks, Madeleine Danova; The identity crisis and emergence of alternative ethnic identities among the Eastern Slavs: the case of the Poleshuks, Kirill Shevchenko; Inter-ethnic coexistence and cultural autonomy in Ukraine: the case of the Donetsk region, Kateryna Standnik; Quo vadis? the case of Russia, Olga Strietska-Ilina; Index.
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