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The Formation of Imagined Borders in Post-Soviet Estonia: Diaspora or Local Community?

Triin Vihalemm, Anu Masso

Abstract


This paper focuses to the development of the collective identity of Russian diaspora in transformational Estonia after dissolution of Soviet Union. The case represents the situation in which not only the previous state borders but the the whole political system have changed. The paper analyzes the acceptance and rejection of the collective identification categories. The results indicate limited acceptance of the identification ideologies suggested by Estonian Republics or by Russian Federation. For the people who do not feel strong allegiances towards the state ideologies and surrounding ethno-cultural groups, the regional-cultural self-designations offer a possibility to maintain ones positive distinctiveness.

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