Language, nation and citizenship: contrast, conflict and convergence in Estonia’s debate with the international community
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We use a context-sensitive approach that takes account of human agency, political intervention, power, and authority in the formation of (national) language ideologies and policies. We find that the complexities of cultural and contextual differences were often ignored and misunderstood by both parties and that in their exchanges the two sides appeared to subscribe to ideal philosophical positions. In the following two decades both sides repositioned themselves and appeared to accommodate to the opposing view. In deconstructing the role of political intervention pressing for social and political inclusion and in documenting the profound feeling of victimhood that remained as a legacy from the Soviet period and the bargain that was struck, we hope to contribute to a deeper understanding of the language ideological debates surrounding the post-Communist nation-(re)building process.
|Journal||Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Mar 2013|
Rights statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Nationalities Papers, 22 March 2013, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00905992.2012.747502
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