Politics, Culture and Social Symbolism.

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The main subject of this paper is the interpretation of emerging nationalism in post-socialist countries of Eastern Europe. The first part of the study describes the conception and apprehension of national culture characteristic of Eastern Europe since the late 19th century. The main direction of the argumentation is to emphasize the social, political, and ideological functions of this perception of nationality. The second part of the paper tries to characterize post-socialism through general cultural feeling of uncertanity, and argues that the "new" nationalism can be interpreted only as a manifestation of cultural fundamentalism typical for Eastern Europe as a therapy in the periods of pervasive political and social changes.

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Niedermüller, P., (1994) “Politics, Culture and Social Symbolism.”, Ethnologia Europaea 24(1), p.21-33. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1836

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Peter Niedermüller (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

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