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

Hardcover | November 11, 2004

bySigrid Rausing

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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: thepost-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 consciousattempt 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.

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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: thepost-Soviet attempt to 'restore' Swedish cultural...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:188 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:November 11, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199263183

ISBN - 13:9780199263189

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PART ONE: NARRATIVES OF NORMALITY1. Post-Soviet Life2. Culture and Ideology: The Conception of the Normal3. The Charged Symbolism of Transition4. The Economy of Dependence: Gift Exchange, Consumption, and AidPART TWO: HISTORY AND MEMORIES5. Nation Building: The Formulation of the Estonian Swedish Identity, 1870-19406. National Heritage in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Estonia7. Conclusion: How to be EstonianEpilogueAppendixBibliographyIndex