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Narratives of translocation, dislocation and location: Armenian youth cultural identities in Southern Russia

Ziemer, U; (2009) Narratives of translocation, dislocation and location: Armenian youth cultural identities in Southern Russia. Europe-Asia Studies , 61 (3) 409 - 433.

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Abstract

The findings presented here are based on ethnographic research and are concerned with subjective definitions of ethnic belonging of young Armenians in the southern Russian region, Krasnodar krai. It is demonstrated that Armenian ethnic identifications are not ‘fixed’ but rather entwined within a complex web of diverse cultural attachments, involving many ‘routes’ of translocation, dislocation and location. It is argued that most research participants are inclined to see themselves as Armenian and retain a strong sense of their culture. They do not create a new hybrid culture, but rather draw occasionally on cosmopolitanism as an identity resource, which denotes a stance toward diversity that enables them to construct belonging in terms of ethnicity as well as multicultural location.

Type:Article
Title:Narratives of translocation, dislocation and location: Armenian youth cultural identities in Southern Russia
Location:England
Keywords:Russia, Armenian, youth
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

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