LINGUIST List 28.1021

Mon Feb 27 2017

Books: Russian Speakers in Post-Soviet Latvia: Cheskin

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Date: 15-Feb-2017
From: Anna Glazier <Anna.Glaziereup.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Russian Speakers in Post-Soviet Latvia: Cheskin
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Title: Russian Speakers in Post-Soviet Latvia
Subtitle: Discursive Identity Strategies
Series Title: Russian Language and Society
Published: 2016
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
                http://www.euppublishing.com

Book URL: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-russian-speakers-in-post-soviet-latvia-13779.html

Author: Ammon Cheskin
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474409995 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 75
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474497441 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 75
Hardback: ISBN: 9780748697434 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 75
Abstract:

A theoretical and empirical study of discourse among Russian-speakers in Latvia
The political shocks of the 2014 Ukrainian crisis have been felt in many former Soviet countries, not least Latvia, where over 35% of the population are native Russian speakers. At a time when analysts and commentators are unsure about Russia’s future plans to intervene on behalf of their ‘compatriots’, this study provides a detailed political and cultural analysis of Russian-speaking identity in Latvia.

By using Russian-speakers in Latvia as a specific case study, this volume also offers a fresh methodological approach to the study of discourses and discursive strategies. It outlines a coherent methodology to study the evolution of discourses over time, rather than a single de-contextualized and static time period.

Drawing on media analysis, elite interviews, focus groups and survey data, Russian Speakers in Post-Soviet Latvia situates the identity strategies of Russian speakers within the political, cultural, and economic transformations of the post-Soviet era. By assessing political, cultural, and economic links with their home state (Latvia) and their potential kin-state (Russia), it offers important insights into the complex identity positions of Latvia’s Russian speakers, and how these positions have evolved in Latvia since the late Soviet period.

In a time when many will question the loyalty of Russian speakers to their various ‘host states’ this book provides a timely, scholarly account of ethnic politics in Latvia. It also offers a methodological framework that allows for the mapping of trends in discursive strategies, exploring how they evolve through time.

Key Features
-Uses focus-group interviews, elite interviews, survey data and critical discourse analysis to focus study discourses
-Features a case study of Russian speakers in Latvia to add to the debate surrounding the status of Russian speakers outside Russia
-Focuses on the temporally contingent nature of discourse – discussing discursive change and the possibility that a discourse can exist

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng)

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