Racisms in the Baltic States: Exclusive Nations

  • Nikolay Zakharov
  • Ian Law
  • Minna Harjo
Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)


This chapter examines the racialization of the Baltic littoral (southern coastal region) and the formation of the three racial states, which have emerged in this zone: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Racism and racialized governance in these contemporary social formations are stratified by a complex set of embedded, ingrained, dynamic racist discourses and practices with a sharpening of tension and conflict between the opposing social forces of racism, with its internal and external targets of hate, and antiracism, with its narratives of inclusion and multiculture. The future for these three Baltic, racial states will be determined by the interconnected processes of globalization and Europeanization and the specific and differentiated exclusive political projects seeking to defend and preserve national ethnoracial uniqueness which are currently playing out.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolay Zakharov
    • 1
  • Ian Law
    • 2
  • Minna Harjo
    • 3
  1. 1.UppsalaSweden
  2. 2.LeedsUK
  3. 3.LeedsUK

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