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1 Constructing Border Ethnic Identities along the Frontier of Central and Eastern Europe Antal Örkény, Mária Székelyi ASN World Convention, New York 2011, April 14-16 PANEL CE15 Identity Formation among Ethnic Minorities in the New European Borderlands

2 The logic of this analysis analysis employs four dyads with eight ethnic minority groups Sample size: 400 in each group 1.RUSSIANS IN LITHUANIALITHUANIANS IN RUSSIA 2.POLES IN UKRAINEUKRAINIANS IN POLAND 3.BYELORUSSIANS IN POLAND POLES IN BYELORUSSIA 4.SLOVAKS IN HUNGARYHUNGARIANS IN SLOVAKIA

3 Frame of analysis Personal identity Ethnic self identification The ethno-history of social identity Ethnic roots, nationality of parents Life path stations, the ethnic composition of marriages Language usage, mother tongue and schooling Ethnic characteristics of social networks The cognitive and affective mechanism building ethnic identity Spontaneous emotive identification Sources of pride in ethnic and national context General trust, social pride and social distance Modeling personal ethnic identity Types of minority groups in the construction of personal ethnic identity The building blocks of ethnic identity in the minority groups Assimilation versus preservation of identity Construction of ethnic and national communities (categorization)

4 Feeling of relative closeness according to minority groups, averages average closeness for the given ethnic group and differences in distance. Mother country DiasporaResidenceHost country East-Central Europe Russians in LITHUANIA -,2366,4512,5358,5211-,7070-,5887 Lithuanians in RUSSIA -,0497,1276,3352,2467-,3931-,3342 Poles in UKRAINE -,6177,2516,6061,4187-,4072-,2954 Ukrainians in POLAND -,0189,1620,2773,2738-,3792-,3162 Byelorussians in POLAND,1813,1694,4525,1731-,5456-,5889 Poles in BYELORUSSIA -,8505,2750,5957,5583-,5137-,0865 Slovaks in HUNGARY -,2620,2705,5313,5683-,6924-,6725 Hungarians in SLOVAKIA -,0638,4416,3172,0706-,5736-,2702 Together -,2412,2692,4564,3552-,5236-,3888

5 Levels of general and institutional trust, four-points scale means

6 Strength of pride felt toward the mother country, the host country, and the diaspora, four-points scale means

7 Level of tension between the diaspora and the host society, percent

8 Assimilation versus preservation of identity among diaspora members and the majority society of the host nation (issp 2003), percent

9 Criteria for membership in the host nation among diaspora members and the majority society of the host nation (issp 2003), scale means

10 Criteria for membership in the mother nation and the host nation among diaspora members, scale means


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