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What does it mean to be a kin majority? Analyzing Romanian identity in Moldova and Russian identity in Crimea from below

Knott, Eleanor ORCID: 0000-0002-9131-3939 (2015) What does it mean to be a kin majority? Analyzing Romanian identity in Moldova and Russian identity in Crimea from below. Social Science Quarterly, 96 (3). pp. 830-859. ISSN 0038-4941

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ssqu.12193

Abstract

Objective This article investigates what kin identification means from a bottom-up perspective in two kin majority cases: Moldova and Crimea. Methods The article is based on ∼50 fieldwork interviews conducted in both Moldova and Crimea with everyday social actors (2012–2013). Results Ethnic homogeneity for kin majorities is more fractured that previously considered. Respondents identified more in terms of assemblages of ethnic, cultural, political, linguistic, and territorial identities than in mutually exclusive census categories. Conclusions To understand fully the relations between kin majorities, their kin-state and home-state and the impact of growing kin engagement policies, like dual citizenship, it is necessary to analyze the complexities of the lived experience of kin identification for members of kin majorities and how this relates to kin-state identification and affiliation. Understanding these complexities helps to have a more nuanced understanding of the role of ethnicity in post-Communist societies, in terms of kin-state and intrastate relations.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2015 John Wiley and Sons © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2015 09:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 02:13
Projects: PhD Studentship
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63888

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