In the Minority in Moldova: (Dis)Empowerment through Territorial Conflict

  • Hülya Demirdirek


Despite the commonalities between various forms of majority and minority nationalisms, the social and political contexts in which a national entity and its relationship to significant others are envisioned may differ from case to case. Furthermore, these social and political relations can themselves play a decisive role in shaping nationalist ideologies. Some nationalist movements arise in response to the imperatives of capitalist industrialization and represent the commonalities of a majority community; others arise in response to the demands of minority communities incorporated within a wider nation-state. The character of a specific nationalist ideology (for example, its stress on equality within the national community or the forms of exclusion outside of it), can be shaped by whether the nationalist identity represents relations between a majority community and the state or minority aspirations within it. In their extreme form, majority nationalisms may, for instance, incorporate ideologies and practices of violence against minorities. In any case, notions of majority and minority are situational, relational, and change through time—a minority community in one context may be a majority in another context.


Romanian Language Political Mobilization National Unit Nationalist Movement Russian Speaker 
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© Oliver Schmidtke and Serhy Yekelchyk, eds. 2008

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