BYELORUSSIA: HYBRIDIZATION AND CULTURAL PARASITISM IN THE HEARTLAND OF HISTORIC RUTHENIA Cover Image

BYELORUSSIA: HYBRIDIZATION AND CULTURAL PARASITISM IN THE HEARTLAND OF HISTORIC RUTHENIA
BYELORUSSIA: HYBRIDIZATION AND CULTURAL PARASITISM IN THE HEARTLAND OF HISTORIC RUTHENIA

Author(s): Ana Rodica Stăiculescu, Ilie Iulian Mitran
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Political history, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Editura Ovidius University Press
Keywords: Russian-speaking; dualism; mono-ethnic; crisis; heritage; division

Summary/Abstract: Byelorussia, currently known as the Republic of Belarus, still remains up to this day in a state of total obscurity. Being frequently labeled as a human rights offender and being constantly criticized for shamelessly advocating in the favor of Russian Imperialism, Belarus is in the middle of an identity crisis which has the potential deepening some already pre-existing social animosities. Minsk counties to hold on to the general political mindset inherited from the Soviets, although a self-proclaimed leftist in nature, the Belarusian political class is still frequently subscribes to highly conservatives standpoints in regards to a wide range of social issues. Due to a major decrease in church attendance, Belarusians seem to think political class is solely responsible for keeping their society within the boundaries of stiff set of moral values, some of which rooted in different historical eras. The “re-Belarusification” of Belarus aims at clearing out the society of its residual Soviet mindset, thus putting an end to the cultural hybridization that jeopardized the indigenous element. This paper intends to analyze the implications this nation’s cultural ambiguity has on agenda that is backed by the governing power.

  • Issue Year: 12/2016
  • Issue No: 1+2
  • Page Range: 185-196
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English