A Sense of Belonging to War in Ukraine
journal cover page; photograph in the coulours of Ukrainian flag of territory of Olbia, the Ukrainian National Historic and Archaeological Reserve, a famous archaeological site, located near the village Parutine, Mykolaivska oblast', Ukraine. 29.08.2021. Author: Julia Buyskykh.
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Polek, T. (2023). A Sense of Belonging to War in Ukraine. Etnografia Polska, 67(1–2). https://doi.org/10.23858/EP67.2023.3393


This reflection deals with the concept ‘sense of belonging’ in its relation to war in Ukraine. It shows the insiders’ perspective of this feeling and its role in everyday life behavior of Ukrainians. It raises up the problem of constructing a sense of belonging to war. What makes people feel the belonging? How collective experience creates collective belonging and how collective it actually is?
Reflection regards a sense of belonging on macro and micro level in its relation to solidarity from one side and in-group and out-group communication from the other side. The author also reflects about the ethics of belonging to war and appropriate and inappropriate behavior in this situation. The last part deals with the representation of a sense of belonging to war in verbal (what happens with language during the war?) and visual (in online and offline everyday life) form.

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Yuval-Davis Nira 2006, Belonging and the politics of belonging, Patterns of Prejudice, Vol.40, No. 3, 197-214.

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