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Russian Speakers in Post-Soviet LatviaDiscursive Identity Strategies$
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Ammon Cheskin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697434

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697434.001.0001

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The Primacy of Politics? Political Discourse and Identity Formation

The Primacy of Politics? Political Discourse and Identity Formation

(p.149) Chapter 7 The Primacy of Politics? Political Discourse and Identity Formation
Russian Speakers in Post-Soviet Latvia

Ammon Cheskin

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 7 offers an examination of political discourses and the composition of Latvian politics. It is argued that the realm of politics is largely responsible for artificially inflating ethnic tensions and reinforcing group boundaries in Latvia. Data is examined from interviews with representatives from Latvian political parties alongside analysis of political initiatives that have mobilised ethnically demarcated groups. The analysis traces the peculiarities of Latvia’s ethnic (rather than ideological or policy-based) party political spectrum. This spectrum, it is argued, often encourages political entrepreneurs to pursue discursive strategies that strengthen internal (ethnic) group identities. The ethnicisation of Latvian politics is explored by examining various language and education policies.

Keywords:   Politics, Latvian politics, Ethnic politics, Political parties, Language politics, Ethnicisation, Education policy

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