The politics of belonging features prominently on Eastern European agendas, and discourses on identity, citizenship and nationhood abound. Essentially, discussions on public fronts tend to be embedded in an essentialist, fixed view of identity, thus countering western approaches that have shifted toward a multiple and intersecting understanding of belonging. With a specific focus on Latvia, and against the background of the diverse settings in the Baltic this contribution explores how identity is (re-) claimed here in the consolidation of positions at both the ‘periphery’ and the ‘centre’ in Central/Eastern European discourse.
|Translated title of the contribution||Nationalism and the Construction of Collective Identity in Central/Eastern European Discourse|
|Title of host publication||Neocolonial Mentalities in Contemporry Europe? Language and Discourse in the Construction of Identities|
|Editors||G. Rings, A Ife|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Press|
|Pages||138 - 154|
|Number of pages||260|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|