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Bekus, Nelly. 2014. Ethnic identity in post-Soviet Belarus: ethnolinguistic survival as an argument in the political struggle. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 35 (1) : 43–58.
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This paper discusses a weak ethnicity identification in Belarus' post-communist nation development (but a strong nation-state identification). Novel dynamic self-perception patterns in Belarusian society can be read as start of a slow ‘heating’ of ethnocultural vitality, as a result of elite agency. In this context, the ‘ethnic temperature’ concept may be explored from the view of its effect on group vitality and survival, but also as a fact relying on several political, cultural and historical factors.