Social Values and Identities in the Black Sea Region focuses on the nexus between geopolitical challenges and cultural framework in the Black Sea region. The volume shows how the common inheritance interferes with different religious and political institutional backgrounds, fostering the formation of a particular cultural area. The interdisciplinary approach combines contributions from the domains of sociology, political science, international relations, and security studies and employs qualitative and quantitative analyses.
Malina Voicu is research professor at the Romanian Academy and lecturer at the University of Bucharest.
Kseniya Kizilova is vice-director at the Institute for Comparative Survey Research (Austria).
Marian Zulean is professor and co-director of the Black Sea Area Program at the University of Bucharest.
Malina Voicu, Marian Zulean, Kseniya Kizilova
Part I. History, Geopolitics, and Security in the Black Sea Area
Chapter 1. Black Sea Region in the Social Science and Humanities Literature
Chapter 2. Regionalism, Regionalization, and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
Paul Dragos Aligica, Marcela Tusca
Chapter 3. Transitional Justice around the Black Sea: Unfulfilled Promises, Divergent Goals, and Missed Opportunities
Part II. Political Culture and Identities in the Black Sea Area
Chapter 4. Frontiers of National Identities in the Black Sea Countries: People’s Views on their Ethnic, Civic, Local, and Regional Ties
Horațiu M. Rusu
Chapter 5. Political Culture: Trust and Regime Support in the Black Sea Region
Kseniya Kizilova, Christian Haerpfer
Chapter 6. Demand for Populism in the Black Sea Region: A Cultural Values Approach to Populist Politics
Yilmaz Esmer, Duygu Karadon
Part III. Cultural Values and Norms in the Black Sea Area
Chapter 7. Religious Change in the Black Sea Area: The History of the Path-Dependent Secularization
Malina Voicu, Simona Maria Stanescu
Chapter 8. Morality and Moral Change in the Black Sea Region: A Longitudinal Perspective with a Special Focus on Romania, Russia, and Turkey
Chapter 9. Gender Norms and Values in the Black Sea Region
Chapter 10. (In)Tolerance in the Black Sea Region
Anna Almakaeva, Igor Chervinsky, Natalia Mikhailova
Part IV. Values and Identities in the Black Sea Region: National Case-Studies
Chapter 11. Identity and Geopolitical Vector of Georgia
Ekaterine Pirtskhalava, Elene Kvanchilashvili
Chapter 12. National Securitization against Cultural Diversity in Turkey: Relevant Data in the World Values Survey and What Lies Beyond
Dragoş C. Mateescu
Chapter 13. Support for Democracy in Ukraine
Nataliya Reshetova, Malina Voicu
Kseniya Kizilova, Malina Voicu
About the Contributors
"This exciting book fills in a conclusive way a gap in the value literature, the study of social values and identities in the Black Sea region. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach to unveil different economic, cultural, and societal similarities but also cross-country differences in the region. It is an excellent and invaluable resource for students and scholars alike studying culture, identity, and values."
"The fine scholars contributing to this timely volume explore everything from populism to gender norms in the Black Sea region. Comparing and contrasting these disparate countries—from Ukraine in the north to Turkey in the south, and from Romania in the west to Georgia in the east—helps us to think about what constitutes a cultural area, how values emerge and change, and where current trends may lead. The work is both original and accessible: an unusual combination."
"The Black Sea Area is currently geopolitical ground zero. This book is a must read for understanding the region and its vital importance!"
"Social Values and Identities in the Black Sea Region offers a new set of lenses to help us understand complex dynamics in a strategically important region. The authors delve into the development of a shared cultural space and social identity in the region. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the Black Sea region by taking a bottom-up approach to issues of cooperation and shedding light on the interconnectedness of politics, economics, and culture. This should be the go-to source for anyone looking to gain a greater understanding of how the people in this region see their future."