Culture, Experience, and State Identity: A Survey-Based Analysis of Russians, 1995–2003
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the establishment of a newly independent state, Russia, people were faced with a major and difficult choice about their state identity. This chapter investigates the question of how Russians made choices about their state identities in post-Communist and post-Soviet conditions. Should they identify themselves with the Soviet Union in which most of them had lived all their lives or with the new Russian state that superseded it? And, in light of this question, the chapter considers the relative value of ‘political culture’ versus an ‘instrumentalist’ account of how individuals made the choice.
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