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|Border identities. Ethnicity, Nationality and Conflict in Village of Raivola, 1870-1930.|
|My paper focuses on identity struggle of a small Russian community, village of Raivola, in borderland of Finland and Russia. Inhabitants of Raivola village were descendants of Russian serfs, which were brought to Finland and Raivola in early 18th century. The entire village got its livelihood from Russian owned ironworks, and had practically no connections to surrounding Finnish countryside. The ironworks got out of business in early years of 1870`s. Simultaneously village lost its relatively autonomous status. In this situation the Finnish administration considered villagers as a potential social problem, and did not grant them a citizenship. On the other hand Russian administration was reluctant to have them back to Russia. From the late 19th century on the question of Raivola represented a important symbolic meaning to both Russian and Finnish nationalists.
The effort of reinforcing the threatened identity of Raivola community led to several conflicts on different levels of interaction. This struggle carried on for decades. It could be considered as a social movement, which members were brought together by the shared view of social world – real and possible. According to Alberto Melucci group identities are constructed in networks of everyday life and facial interaction: in shared experiences and interpretations of inferiority and injustice. In this struggle the group boundaries are not drawn by the `objective` differences rather than by the socially constructed significant matters. In my paper I will be studying those practices, that constructed inclusion and exclusion in group relations in Raivola, borderland of Finland and Russia.