Regionalism without Regions
Reconceptualizing Ukraine's Heterogeneity
The authors—historians, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, literary critics and linguists from Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, Germany and the USA—explicitly go beyond the perspective of an entity defined by traditional political borders and cultural, economic, historical or religious stereotypes. The research project that led to the composition of the book combined quantitative (statistical surveys conducted across Ukraine) and qualitative (in-depth interviews and focus-group discussion) methods. The authors came to the conclusion that regionalism as a defining phenomenon of Ukraine is more prominent than the regions themselves. This approach regards Ukraine as a construct in flux where different discourses intersect, concur and eventually merge through the lenses of various disciplines and methodologies.
About the Authors
Ulrich Schmid is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Oksana Myshlovska is a postdoctoral researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and the University of Bern, Switzerland.
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