Thirty years of political orders in Ukraine: constructing a nation of decentralized communities

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This chapter scrutinizes the social and political orders of contemporary Ukraine in light of the contention that the country constitutes a sovereign homeland to a cluster of culturally versatile communities. To achieve this, the chapter assesses the history of geopolitical thought and contemporary empirical data that present Ukraine as an area of unceasing interaction between Asian and European powers. The nature of this interaction makes Ukrainian communities invariably diverse, inventive, and resilient: characteristics rooted in and epitomized by historical Cossack traditions of statecraft. The contemporary implications of Cossack traditions manifest in two ways: firstly, in the logic of human behavior during pivotal historical events (above all, acts of civil disobedience), and secondly in the logic of the gradual construction of national and local orders. The chapter argues that regardless of language, religion, or ethnic diversities, contemporary Ukrainian orders are created through interactions of “active” and “conformist” social groups equally distributed across Ukraine.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving the Independence Dream
Subtitle of host publicationUkraine and Ukrainians in Contemporary Socio-Political Context
EditorsLada Kolomiyets
PublisherVernon Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781648898617
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2024

Publication series

NameSocial Equality and Justice
PublisherVernon Press

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