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    The Russian language in Ukraine: complicit in genocide, or victim of state-building?

    Bowring, Bill (2014) The Russian language in Ukraine: complicit in genocide, or victim of state-building? In: Ryazanova-Clarke, L. (ed.) The Russian Language Outside the Nation Speakers and Identities. Studies in Social Interaction EUP. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 56-80. ISBN 9780748668458.

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    Book synopsis: The collapse of the Soviet Union dramatically changed the global distribution of the Russian language. Apart from Russia, it is now spoken in fourteen successor states of the former Soviet Union, while the increased mobility of Russian speakers has expanded russophone communities across the world. Taking a broad sociolinguistic perspective, this book explores a comprehensive set of tensions which emerged from the dislocated and deterritorialised position of Russian in the contemporary world. It examines contexts for shaping Russian speakers' identities in various locations across the globe, the shifting attitudes towards Russian language outside the metropolis, emerging new global varieties of Russian, and the use of Russian language as soft power in the transnational russophone media. In order to discuss problems posed by the current stage of globalisation of Russian, a number of non-metropolitan spaces are sampled: chapters take the reader to locations which include both the post-Soviet states, specifically Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Belarus, and the countries of the traditional 'West' - Italy, the US and Israel. A thought-provoking and engaging book, it is essential reading for advanced students and specialists in Russian and Eastern European Studies, Post-Soviet Studies, Language Studies and Sociolinguistics.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
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    Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2014 09:46
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:09


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