Research by social scientists on multicultural and multilingual post-Soviet societies is manifold. However, there rarely exists a dialogue between academic fields, traditions and ideologies. This book critically reunites different academic generations and traditions, different disciplines and different geographical and cultural backgrounds by keeping the plurality of the approaches. The contributions discuss the roles of ideologies, education, and ethnic, linguistic and religious identities in the post-Soviet nation-building processes and reflect on the impacts of the social sciences and humanities studying these processes. Thereby the case-studies show continuities and discontinuities in the ideological and political aspects of nation-building and identity management in post-Soviet societies.
Andrea Friedli is a Teaching and Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Aline Gohard-Radenkovic is an Em. Associate Professor at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), specialized in Anthropology of language and migration policies, and in Sociology of Learning and Teaching foreign languages François Ruegg is an Em. Associate Professor in Social Anthropology of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and at the University of Bucharest, Romania.