Contributions to the Changing Europe Summer School, Warsaw 2007


Intro

Post-socialist transformations in Central and Eastern Europe have
been characterised by historically shaped crises and conflicts on all
levels of political, economic and societal life. Minority and ethno-
political conflicts, many of them currently at a stalemate, have
severely hampered state-building and societal stability - and
continue to do so. Contradictory interpretations of history prevent
societies from forging a common identity and thus impede nation-
building processes. Political and social identities exert an
important influence on democratic and socioeconomic transformation
processes. Taken together, the contributions in this volume reflect
the wide variety of challenges and conflicts linked to ethnic,
national, political, social and gender identities in post-socialist
societies in Central and Eastern Europe. They not only serve to
illustrate the significant differences among post-socialist
transformations, but also highlight the variety of theoretical
concepts and methodological approaches that can be used to analyse
identity, its change and impact on societal developments. This book
presents some of the best papers presented at the Changing Europe
Summer School on "Crises and Conflicts in Eastern European States and
Societies: Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones for Democratisation?"
held in Warsaw in September 2007.

Table of Contents

Sabine Fischer and Heiko Pleines
Introduction 11

PART I. ETHNIC DIVISIONS. MEMORIES, IDENTITIES AND DEMARCATION
Elina Karakulova

1. Multiethnicity in Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution 15
Alexander M. Danzer

2. Ethnicised Symbolic Landscapes as a Constraint to Nation-Building
in Transition 31
Robert Sata

3. The Quadric Model of Ethnic Relations. The Hungarian Minorities
in Slovakia and Romania 45
Anders Blomqvist

4. Ethnic Division and National Narratives among Romanians and
Hungarians in Satu Mare / Szatmárnémeti 57

PART II. NATIONAL STATE BUILDING. THE ROLE OF SELF-PERCEPTION

Michael Bobick

5. Sovereignty and the Paradox of Statehood. Moldova and Transnistria
75 Lili Di Puppo

6. International and National Approaches to the Fight Against
Corruption in Georgia. Different Methods, Different Objectives? 87 PART
III. POLITICAL IDENTITIES AND IDEOLOGICAL SEGREGATION Gábor Halmai

7. The Swamps of Neoliberal Hegemony. Polgári Körök in 'Transitional'
Hungary 103 Birgit Hofmann

8. 'Don't Talk to Communists'. The Instrumentalisation of the
Communist Past in the Czech Republic's Political Crises in 2006 115
PART IV. IDENTITIES AND DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION Rafael Mrowczynski

9. 'Middle Classes' in Post-Socialist Russia and Poland. Emergence or
Decline? 129 Karol Mojkowski

10. 'Social Capital. Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone for
Democratisation?' A Micro-Level Study of the Relationship 151 Maja
Nenadoviæ

11. The Impact of Semi-sovereignty on Bosnia and Herzegovina's
Democratisation Process 161 Franziska Blomberg

12. Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Important Role of Youth Work within a
Strategy for Successful Multi-track Democratic Consolidation 173 PART
V. SOCIAL AND GENDER IDENTITIES IN TRANSFORMATION Volha Vysotskaya

13. Migration Motives of the Highly Skilled from Eastern Europe to
Germany. In Search of Upgrading Social Status 189 Olha Yarova

14. The Migration of Ukrainian Women to Italy and the Impact on Their
Family in Ukraine 197 Klea Faniko, Fabio Lorenzi-Cioldi, Fabrice
Buschini and Armand Chatard

15. Affirmative Action Plans that Assist Women's Mobility in Albania.
The Paradox of Education 209

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