Hot and cold ethnicities in post-Soviet space: special issue of JMMD 2014, Volume 35, Issue 2

Hot and cold ethnicities in post-Soviet space: special issue of JMMD 2014, Volume 35, Issue 2

JOURNAL OF MULTILINGUAL AND MULTICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Volume 35 Number 2 2014 (published online 25 Oct-08 Nov 2013)

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showAxaArticles?journalCode=rmmm20#.UoErA7MijIX

Special Issue: Hot and cold ethnicities in post-Soviet space

Guest Editors: Anastassia Zabrodskaja and Martin Ehala

This special issue is the outcome of an academic dialogue that began with a conference organised by Martin Ehala and Anastassia Zabrodskaja in Tallinn in 2011. The purposes of the conference were to explore the issues of hot and cold ethnicities and to examine the phenomenon of ethnic temperature as the key factor in group vitality, as well as the processes of ‘temperature change’ and their effects on inter-ethnic relations in society. This special issue synthesises the insights from the conference and offers proposals for further analysis. This collection of contributions deals with a variety of case studies with a particular focus on the strength of members’ emotional attachment to their group. Such a division of ethnicities can be categorised into two prototypes: ‘hot’ and ‘cold’. A ‘hot’ ethnic group is one whose members have a high emotional attachment to their group. ‘Cold’ ethnic groups are those whose members’ emotional attachment to the groups is low, absent or latent.

Two central issues that need to be resolved for the metaphor of hot and cold ethnicities to have explanatory value are to specify what factors influence ethnic temperature and how the temperature can be measured. A promising area to explore this is provided by the post-Soviet space. The following papers explore the theoretical issues outlined above from different viewpoints and in different settings. The main goal of all the analyses, both triangulated and comparative, presented in the present collection is to reveal the relationships between the processes of identity dynamics and collective emotional alignment.

 

CONTENTS

Inter-ethnic processes in post-Soviet space: theoretical background

Anastassia Zabrodskaja and Martin Ehala

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01434632.2013.845194#.UoEqGbMijIU

 

Russians in post-Soviet Central Asia: more ‘cold’ than the others? Exploring (ethnic) identity under different socio-political settings

Natalya Kosmarskaya

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01434632.2013.845195#.UoEqjLMijIU

 

Still warm but getting colder: changing ethnic identity of post-Soviet Jewry

Elena Nosenko-Stein

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01434632.2013.845196#.UoEqeLMijIU

 

Ethnic identity in post-Soviet Belarus: ethnolinguistic survival as an argument in the political struggle

Nelly Bekus

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01434632.2013.845197#.UoEqZ7MijIU

 

Between ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ temperatures: introducing a complication to the hot and cold ethnicity theory from Odessa

Abel Polese

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01434632.2013.845198#.UoEqsrMijIU

 

Hot and cold ethnicities in the Baltic states

Martin Ehala and Anastassia Zabrodskaja

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01434632.2013.845199#.UoEqn7MijIU

 

Formation of territorial collective identities: turning history into emotion

Martin Ehala

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01434632.2013.845200#.UoEqUrMijIU

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