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Narvselius, Eleonora
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Narvselius, E. (2009). The Nation’s Brightest and Noblest: Narrative Identity and Empowering Accounts of theUkrainian Intelligentsia in Post-1991 L’viv. (Doctoral dissertation). Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Nation’s Brightest and Noblest: Narrative Identity and Empowering Accounts of theUkrainian Intelligentsia in Post-1991 L’viv
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study brings into focus the issue of reproduction and transformation ofcultural authority in the so-called post-Soviet context. It seeks to examine howintelligentsia may be presented and what empowering narratives it may articulatein a concrete locality, namely, in the post-1991 West Ukrainian city of L’viv. Theauthor argues that claims for cultural authority stemming from the socio-culturallocation of intelligentsia are decisive in discussions about Ukrainian nationalidentity and cultural development, which gained momentum after independence.Despite significant discursive transformations, after 1991 intelligentsia is stillpresented as the essence of the nation, as its typical and brightest representativeswho assume the right to speak for the whole nation and to extrapolate own valuesand choices to it.

The debate focused on the issues of ‘the national’ actualizes a very significantissue of whose class vision is to become a winning concept for the Ukrainiannation-building. Post-Soviet ‘normalization’ in L’viv implies that cultural patternstypical of the privileged and educated urbanites have been rehabilitated andpresented as both nationally authentic and culturally superior ones. In the post-1991 L’viv the representations embedding the urban community into variouslocal, regional, national, and supranational symbolic contexts resonate with effortsof the intelligentsia to (re-)gain control over reproduction of their own socialpositions and cultural narratives about the nation. This study suggests that analysisof the nation-building processes in Ukraine should pay more attention to symbolicrepresentations of cultural authority which are exploited by local actors runningtheir empowering projects.

Abstract [sv]

Denna studie tar upp frågor om sociokulturell reproducering och omvandling avkulturell auktoritet i en postsovjetisk kontext. Studien undersöker de sätt på vilkaen intelligentia kan representeras och de maktanspråk som den genom berättelserartikulerar i den västukrainska staden L’viv efter självständigheten 1991.Författaren hävdar att de anspråk på kulturell auktoritet som intelligentianuttrycker har principiell betydelse i de diskussioner som förs kring ukrainsknationell identitet och nationens kulturella utveckling. Trots betydande diskursivaomvandlingar som intelligentian genomgått har den behållit sin position somnationens centralfigur. Intelligentian representeras som nationens mest typiskaoch framstående representant med rätt att tala i hela nationens namn, vilket gör attden också kan överföra sina egna värderingar och åsikter till sina landsmän.

Diskussioner om det nationella temat sätter mycket betydelsefulla frågor ifokus, inte minst de som handlar om vilkas klassvisioner som kommer att fågenomslag i det ukrainska nationsbyggandet. Den postsovjetiska”normaliseringen” i L’viv har inneburit att de kulturella mönster som är typiskabland privilegierade och högutbildade stadsbor har återupprättats, ofta framställdasom nationellt genuina och kulturellt överlägsna. I det postsovjetiska L’viv ärsymboliska representationer av urbansamhället färgade av olika lokala, nationellaoch supranationella symboliska kontexter. Dessa kommer väl till pass iintelligentians försök att (återigen) kontrollera reproducering av sina socialapositioner och de kulturella berättelserna om nationen. Avhandlingen sätterdärmed fingret på hur kulturell auktoritet utnyttjas av lokala aktörer som strävarefter ett socialt och politiskt övertag samt uppmärksammar betydelsen avsymboliska framställningar i analyser av nationsbyggandeprocesser i Ukraina.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2009. p. 317
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 488
Keywords
Intelligentsia, intellectuals, narrative identities, post-Soviet Ukraine, cultural authority, national projects, Intelligentia, de intellektuella, postsovjetiska Ukraina, berättade identiteter, kulturell auktoritet, nationella projekt
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20803 (URN)978-91-7393-578-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-10-21, K2, Kåkens hus, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet, Norrköping, 13:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2009-09-21 Created: 2009-09-21 Last updated: 2009-09-21Bibliographically approved
Olsson, E. & Narvselius, E. (2007). Cultural Identifications, Political representations ad national Project(s) on the Symbolic Arena of the Orange Revolution. BMC Family Practice, 7(2), 29-54
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cultural Identifications, Political representations ad national Project(s) on the Symbolic Arena of the Orange Revolution
2007 (English)In: BMC Family Practice, ISSN 1471-2296, E-ISSN 1471-2296, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 29-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

   

Keywords
culture, social power, nationalism
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-38664 (URN)45265 (Local ID)45265 (Archive number)45265 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2017-12-13
Narvselius, E. (2006). Tusovka Died - Long Live Tusovka! Post-Soviet Culturally Polyphonic Youth Groupings in L'viv (Ukraine). In: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Ed.), History, Language and Society in the Borderlands of Europe: Ukraine and Belarus in Focus (pp. 185-214). Lund: Sekel
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tusovka Died - Long Live Tusovka! Post-Soviet Culturally Polyphonic Youth Groupings in L'viv (Ukraine)
2006 (English)In: History, Language and Society in the Borderlands of Europe: Ukraine and Belarus in Focus / [ed] Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Lund: Sekel , 2006, p. 185-214Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

 The article deals with issues of language, subcultural identity and ethnicity among young people in L'viv (Ukraine)  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Sekel, 2006
Keywords
Ethnology
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36018 (URN)29405 (Local ID)91-975223-2-5 (ISBN)978-91-975-2232-8 (ISBN)29405 (Archive number)29405 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-09-12Bibliographically approved
Olsson, E. & Narvselius, E. (2003). East, West and What Next? Formations of Identity among Young People in Post-Soviet L´viv. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>East, West and What Next? Formations of Identity among Young People in Post-Soviet L´viv
2003 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2003
Series
Research Reports 72003
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22668 (URN)1956 (Local ID)91-89315-37-5 (ISBN)1956 (Archive number)1956 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2018-01-13
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