Can postcolonial theory help explain Latvian politics of integration? Reflections on contemporary Latvia as a postcolonial society

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    Abstract

    Democracy and civic society in Latvia are strongly affected by a multifaceted gap between the ethnic majority and minorities within contemporary Latvian society. The political elite are crucial actors in the politics of integration in Latvia. Postcolonial theories can help evaluate and explain the insufficiency of current integration policies in Latvia in respect to the participation of ethnic minorities in Latvia. Current integration challenges will be examined here based on two related issues of Latvian integration policies: (1) the process of naturalization and (2) the conflicting concepts of the twentieth-century Latvian history, especially the occupation in 1940. Both issues should be “revisited” using postcolonial explanatory potential in order to identify the causes of the long-lasting failure of integration policies in Latvia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-153
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Baltic Studies
    Volume47
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016

    Keywords

    • empire
    • minorities
    • occupation
    • participation
    • post-Soviet
    • Postcolonialism
    • translation

    Field of Science

    • 5.4 Sociology
    • 5.9 Other social sciences

    Publication Type

    • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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