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Identity and violence in Ukraine: societal developments since the Maidan protests

Identität und Gewalt in der Ukraine: gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen seit dem Majdan

Halling, Steffen; Stewart, Susan

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract Since the Maidan protests erupted at the end of 2013 Ukrainian society has witnessed a deep transformation, in which polarising as well as consolidating tendencies can be identified. The “Revolution of Dignity” and Russia’s violation of the country’s territorial integrity have strengthened Ukrainian identity in a way that has enhanced social cohesion. But these developments and the accompanying violence have at the same time heightened pre-existing conflicts. Only a lasting stabilisation can prevent these social fractures from widening yet further. To that end Ukrainian and external actors will need to engage in processes of conflict management and social reconciliation. (Autorenreferat)
Keywords Ukraine; social change; identity; conflict; conflict management; identity formation; violence; reconciliation; escalation; political stability; domestic policy; political conflict; political change; civil war; protest movement
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; Political System, Constitution, Government; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Euromaidan; Gewalttätigkeit; Gesellschaftliche Prozesse; Identitätskonstruktion; Ostukraine
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 7 p.
Series SWP Comments, 19/2015
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications