Accepted paper:

The policies of identity: the Lithuanian case


Domenico Crisafulli (University of Messina)

Paper short abstract:

The goal of my research is the analysis of how, in Lithuania, the nationalistic policy constructs the official representations about notions of "nation-state" or "national identity" according to the previous independence from soviet union and the recent adhesion to european union

Paper long abstract:

In this specific research, I'm interested in analysing the procedure by which, elaborating more or less coherent representation, the burocratic power structures construct a national identity. I carry out this analysis using what M. Herzfeld called the "middle ground" approach, the way in which it is possible to analyse how the official representations are constructed and, contemporarily, how they work in social daily life. My point of view try to put in evidence the role of "Agency", intended as the strategy applied by individual according it to the society. In a nation-state there is always an intimate space for negotiation of those representation that, to outsider, are presented as natural and unchangeable. How does it work in the process of constructing european union? The field of my work is the Republic of Lithuania, the state that, in a period of ten years, went through the independence from soviet union to the joining european union. This example of nation- state is particularly interesting because there is a powerful nationalistic policy orientated to the consolidation and legitimisation of the new burocratic power growth after the independence. In particular, my research will concentrate the attention on the process and all the people involved in the re-structuring of urban space and the management of monuments and museum according to the specific national and nationalistic policy as well as European and international one.

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