Horizontal citizenship in Estonia: Russian speakers in the borderland city of Narva

Jašina-Schäfer, A. and Cheskin, A. (2020) Horizontal citizenship in Estonia: Russian speakers in the borderland city of Narva. Citizenship Studies, 24(1), pp. 93-110. (doi: 10.1080/13621025.2019.1691150)

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Abstract

This paper critically interrogates the notion of ‘citizenship’ from the politically-charged perspective of Russian speakers in Estonia. Drawing on a broad range of critical citizenship literatures, and ethnographic examples from the borderland city of Narva, we propose re- and de-centring citizenship away from universalising conceptions, towards a historically and culturally grounded horizontal perspective on citizenship. While cognisant of dominant, state-centric approaches in Estonia, we present citizenship as a process unfolding through individual, everyday practices of belonging. We demonstrate how Russian speakers, excluded from membership in the Estonian community, can still become members in many less-formal ways, through vibrant interaction with local space.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cheskin, Dr Ammon
Authors: Jašina-Schäfer, A., and Cheskin, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Citizenship Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1362-1025
ISSN (Online):1469-3593
Published Online:14 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Citizenship Studies 24(1): 93-110
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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