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Regionalism without Regions

Reconceptualizing Ukraine's Heterogeneity

This collective volume shows how Ukraine can best be understood through its regions and how the regions must be considered against the background of the nation. The overarching objective of the book is to challenge the dominance of the nation-state paradigm in the analyses of Ukraine by illustrating the interrelationship between national and regional dynamics of change. 

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.

Endorsements

"'Regional division' is one of the most popular and conventional metaphors to label post-Soviet Ukraine. Its reductionist tone usually neglects complexity, numerous entanglements and contradictions of extremely fascinating Ukrainian case that still lacks analytical language to be described. Regionalism without Regions introduces the results of two surveys of 6,000 respondents conducted in Ukraine in 2013 and 2015, and presents a truly interdisciplinary research panorama of sociological, linguistic, economical, geographical findings. The authors strive to capture the dynamics and transformations of Ukraine's identifications and identities, and their data and conclusions make this book an essential departing point for further research."—Andrii Portnov
Central European University Press

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