Regional Research of Russia

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 351–362

Ethnocultural gradient and regional identity along the Russian-Ukrainian-Belarussian Borderlands

Cultural Geography

Abstract

This article addresses issues associated with the modern regional and historical consciousness of the population, as well as the historical, geographical, and ethnocultural prerequisites for their formation within the confines of Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, and partially Voronezh oblasts. Assuming that the mentality of the local population harmonizes with the character of the historic and ethnocultural landscape, the author studies the spatial changes in the ethnocultural identity of localities and in the sociopsychological concepts of the residents, singling out zones characterized by the occurrence of elements of the Ukrainian culture.

Keywords

regional and ethnic conscience historical and cultural landscape mentality historical and geographical boundaries borderland social interaction regional identity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of GeographyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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