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Theories of identity reﬂect the experiences of masses of people, and today’s deconstructionist theories recognize the nomadic experience of the world’s populations. Europe, like the rest of the world, is full of refugees, émigrés, and individuals with identities too complex to express without hyphens or subordinate clauses. Western countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States would do well to recall their own immigrant past (even their ‘‘whiteness’’ is the result of multiple cultural and ethnic strands, somewhat concealed by the dominant Anglophone linguistic varnish)—after all, the world’s second largest ethnically Polish population is in Chicago, not Kraków.
16 Introduction The habit or assumption of the usefulness of binary categories persists over a decade and a half after the end of the Soviet Union—we ourselves appreciate the shorthand of ‘‘West’’ and ‘‘East’’ even as we discuss the frequent reductivism of the terms. Terms such as ‘‘former Soviet,’’ ‘‘former Yugoslav,’’ and, of course, ‘‘former communist’’ are still widely used in the West, not just by journalists in popular media or ordinary citizens but even by scholars who know what the terms convey and could be more suspicious of the longing for lost stabilities.
Buying new maps, after all, requires both monetary investment and a willingness to accept change. The recent history of Eastern Europe has included a fragmentation of nationalities and nationalisms that recalls the ghettoes and separatist compounds of the United States. Ukrainians declare they are not Russians, Ruthenians claim their distinctness from Ukrainians, a group of Roma in the Republic of Macedonia argue that they are really Egyptians, not Gypsies, to the derision of Roma organizations elsewhere.