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Connecting strength of state-based identity to globalization: Case studies of post-Soviet Estonia and Moldova


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This thesis is an exploratory look into the relationship between the strength of state-based identities and globalization. I argue that the differences in the state-based identity of Estonia and Moldova help explain their relative openness towards globalization. State-based identity strength is indicated by three factors: First, common culture—a solid collective memory that ties past, current, and future identity to the state. Second, language—indigenous language reinforces state-based identity, whereas vestiges of empire and a language foisted on the people by outsiders indicates a weaker state-based identity. Thirdly, state policies—education, citizenship requirements, and public holidays are used to illustrate how the state communicates identity to the population and molds loyalty of the collective. I find Estonia has a stronger state-based identity and engages with globalizing influences, whilst the weaker state-based identity of Moldova epitomizes the defensive perception of global influences leading to undermining state-based loyalties, therefore Moldova concentrates on internal issues, and is less engaging with globalization.

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Subject
East European Studies;
International Relations;
Political science
Classification
0437: East European Studies
0601: International Relations
0615: Political science
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Estonia; Globalization; Identity; Language; Moldova; Post-Soviet
Title
Connecting strength of state-based identity to globalization: Case studies of post-Soviet Estonia and Moldova
Author
Voas, Rachael Anne
Number of pages
92
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0097
Source
MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267156228
Advisor
Mansbach, Richard W.
Committee member
Cunningham, Kathleen G.; Urbatsch, Robert B.
University/institution
Iowa State University
Department
Political Science
University location
United States -- Iowa
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1505978
ProQuest document ID
920298172
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/920298172
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