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History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia : The End of a Collective Farm - Sigrid Rausing

History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia

The End of a Collective Farm

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780199263189
Number Of Pages: 190

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Sigrid Rausing describes the changing world of the Estonian Swedes, and the way in which this minority identity was constructed in the various ideologies that have dominated the region since the early twentieth century. In particular she is concerned with the latest of these changes: the post-Soviet attempt to 'restore' Swedish cultural identity. Rausing touches on a wide range of issues, debates, and insights: the relationship between ideology and form, nationalist and Soviet notions of ethnicity and traditional culture and historically-framed notions of an imagined normality. The ethnographic location for these discussions is a particular former collective farm, now subject to economic decline, the Estonian nation-building ideological project, and new relationships of dependency with Sweden. One of the author's central arguments is that these changes reflect a conscious attempt to 'reform habitus' so as to match that of the local image of the West, but that the location of ethnic culture and many of the operative concepts still reflect the tropes of the Soviet era.

PART ONE: NARRATIVES OF NORMALITY 1: Post-Soviet Life 2: Culture and Ideology: The Conception of the Normal 3: The Charged Symbolism of Transition 4: The Economy of Dependence: Gift Exchange, Consumption, and Aid PART TWO: HISTORY AND MEMORIES 5: Nation Building: The Formulation of the Estonian Swedish Identity, 1870-1940 6: National Heritage in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Estonia 7: Conclusion: How to be Estonian Epilogue Appendix Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780199263189
ISBN-10: 0199263183
Series: Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43