Identity – An Editors’ Choice Article Collection

We are delighted to introduce ‘Identity – An Editors’ Choice Article Collection’.

This collection of papers has been selected by some of our distinguished journal editors, to showcase influential research from the Routledge Central Asian, Russian, and Eastern European Studies journal portfolio, and beyond. By bringing you this research we hope to provide new perspectives surrounding the theme of ‘Identity’.

Discover our editors’ recommendations for essential reading on ‘Identity’ from some of the most groundbreaking articles published in our journals.

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Featured Journals include:

Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe

Editor: Andrew Kilmister, Oxford Brookes University, UK

“Questions of identity are central to the issues discussed in Debatte. In few other regions of the world are national and regional identities so fluid and open to question as Central and Eastern Europe while ethnic identity has been the source both of inspiring and creative encounters and bitter polarisation in the area covered by the journal. We also look at complex issues of gender and sexual identity in rapidly changing societies.” Andrew Kilmister

Europe-Asia Studies

Editor: Professor Terry Cox, University of Glasgow, UK

Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies

Founding and Managing Editor: Professor Vassilis K. FouskasUniversity of East London, UK

“For 15 years now, the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies has been publishing original research work, at times imaginative and at times provocative, reflecting the plurality of radical and liberal scholarship composing its Editorial Board and wide-ranging readership all over the world — and it will continue to do so” Professor Vassilis K. Fouskas

Journal of Baltic Studies

Editor: Terry Clark, Creighton University, USA

“The contributions to this special issue, Memory and Democratic Pluralism in the Baltic States – Rethinking the Relationship, edited by Evita-Clarita Onken, are fundamentally concerned with the divergent social memories that exist in the Baltic societies today. Coming from various disciplines and methodological backgrounds, the four empirical cases encompass an exploration of nostalgic memories of the Soviet period carried by rural and urban residents of Lithuania (Neringa Klumbyte); a critical analysis of a recent survey among teachers and students in majority and minority schools in both Latvia and Estonia with a focus on the teaching and reception of the countries’ history (Maria Golubeva); a study of memory and political empowerment among Lithuanian female politicians who have experienced deportation (Dovile Budryte); and finally, a discussion of professional self-perceptions and political attitudes among Estonian historians of different generations (Pertti Grönholm and Meike Wulf). In a concluding theoretical and philosophical article Siobhan Kattago reflects on possible ways of reconciling the multiple, at times contrasting memories and actors that exist in the Baltic societies today with the ideas of democratic pluralism.”  Terry Clark

Nationalities Papers

Editor-in-Chief: Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University, USA

“The politics of identity is a central theme for many of our authors. Central Asia in particular presents a fascinating case study since the region experienced an abrupt shift from a Soviet-imposed narrative of modern identity to a wide-open quest for new ways to re-define what it means to be Kazakh or Kyrgyz, and how to connect contemporary identity to Soviet and pre-Soviet legacies. Articles on Central Asia for Nationalities Papers are usually based on extensive fieldwork and intimate familiarity of the situation on the ground. At the same time, authors are keen to compare the region’s experience with similar developments in other regions, such as the Balkans. The coverage is inter-disciplinary, ranging from political science to anthropology and literature.” Peter Rutland

Post-Soviet Affairs

Editor: George W. Breslauer, University of California, Berkeley

Post-Soviet Affairs publishes articles on the countries of the former Soviet Union. We have a broad interest in contemporary political, economic, social, cultural, and foreign-relations issues. Some authors take structural, others processual, approaches.  Some look at the issues from the standpoint of the expression and interaction of material interests. Others, a few of whom we highlight here, focus on processes of identity-formation and identity-expression. Identity-formation and identity-expression have been key issues in all post-Soviet countries.” George W. Breslauer

Religion, State and Society

Editor: Dr Philip Walters, Oxford, UK

“It is now more than twenty years since the end of communism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and the stalemate of the Cold War has given way to 'liquid modernity'. As globalisation proceeds apace, are we seeing a new clash of civilisations, or more complex possibilities as multiple modernities emerge? Meanwhile the continuing secularisation that was expected to accompany modernity has given way to thoroughgoing and multiple desecularisations. The reshaping of the identities of religious communities and individuals in this context is one of the constant themes we deal with in Religion, State & Society, illuminated by scholars from all parts of the region with their variegated traditions, perspectives and predictions.” Philip Walters


Editor-in-Chief: Jens Nørgård-Sørensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Editor's comments on featured articles:

1st Article: “The article explores the shifting reception of a classic of late Soviet literature, Anatolij Rybakov’s novel Deti Arbata ‘Children of Arbat’ from the time it was published during the glasnost period till recent years when the film version has made the book topical again. The shifts in the reception of this novel, depicting the Stalin era, tell something not only about the situation within the literary field but also within society at large, including the tendencies of Soviet nostalgia.”

2nd Article: “Through an analysis of extensive sources, some of which newly discovered by the authors, this article casts new light on the background for the well-known inauguration of Tsar Aleksej Michajlovič’s court theatre in Moscow on 17 October 1672. The authors document that two linked performances for the royal family in the spring of 1672, introducing the comic character Pickleherring, laid the foundation for the establishment of the court theatre later the same year.”

3rd Article: “The article adds yet another contribution to the author’s life-long study of grammar and language change. Though the empirical focus is the new Russian vocative, the article also raises the universal question of the function of the vocative and its place in grammar and, thus, reaches far beyond the development of this category in Russian.”

4th Article: “The article is a study in modern journalism with data from three different newspapers, representing three different media discourses and points of view. By combining journalist interviews with the analysis of the newspaper articles it offers not only an investigation of the chosen case, the Russian-Georgian war in 2008, but also a new perspective on the question of how to approach this kind of material.”

South European Society and Politics

Editors: Susannah Verney, University of Athens, Greece
Anna Bosco, University of Trieste, Italy

“National identity is an important issue in Southern Europe, a region whose geographical peripherality and in many cases, authoritarian past has led to an often complicated relationship with Europe and with national history.” Susannah Verney, Anna Bosco