Identity Politics in Times of Crisis: Ukraine as a Critical Case | Giuliano, Hale, Kulyk, Pop-Eleches, Robertson, Shevel, and more

PONARS Eurasia
11 Apr 2018

(Post-Soviet Affairs) Introduction: Studying identity in Ukraine—While it is common wisdom that “identity matters” in Ukrainian politics, we still lack a robust understanding of precisely when and how it matters. Reflecting challenges facing the broader interdisciplinary field of comparative identity politics, authors frequently bring to their analyses very different notions of the nature of identity itself, skipping a rigorous examination of these notions in an effort to get right to documenting the effects of identity. Similarly, identity is frequently operationalized in quantitative studies without much discussion of the implications of selecting one particular measure over another or of what precisely each measure is reflecting, not to mention what might have changed over time. While we do have nuanced research on Ukrainian identity, it tends not to address the evolution of identity over time or the moments and conditions of identity change. Such issues are particularly important for current research since identities and their associated meanings may shift or “harden” during severe crises or conflicts like those that unfolded in Ukraine during 2013–14. The five original articles that make up this special issue1 all address these challenges, with important implications for how we understand Ukrainian politics after the EuroMaidan. [...]

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Contents:

Introduction: Studying identity in Ukraine

By Olga Onuch, Henry E. Hale, Gwendolyn Sasse

Capturing ethnicity: the case of Ukraine

By Olga Onuch, Henry E. Hale

Identity and political preferences in Ukraine – before and after the Euromaidan

By Grigore Pop-Eleches, Graeme B. Robertson

Shedding Russianness, recasting Ukrainianness: the post-Euromaidan dynamics of ethnonational identifications in Ukraine

By Volodymyr Kulyk

War and identity: the case of the Donbas in Ukraine

By Gwendolyn Sasse, Alice Lackner

Who supported separatism in Donbas? Ethnicity and popular opinion at the start of the Ukraine crisis

By Elise Giuliano

Understanding identity in Ukraine – and elsewhere

By Lowell W. Barrington

Towards new horizons in the study of identities in Ukraine

By Oxana Shevel

How Ukraine has become more Ukrainian

By Dominique Arel