Multiple Social Identities in the Post-Soviet Context

Fons van de Vijver, Nadezhda Lebedeva*, Victoria Galyapina

*Corresponding author for this work

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The collapse of the USSR, the destruction of the common identity of “Soviet people,” and the development of new, inclusive identities stimulated researchers to study changes in social identity in the post-Soviet space. In this chapter, we analyze how the USSR collapse triggered the mechanisms of the formation of new identities and the main trends of identity changes in this context. We provide an overview of studies of different kinds of identities and their impact on attitudes and intercultural relations in post-Soviet countries. We present some recent studies of identity changes in the region and provide possible directions for future research. We conclude that the dramatic sociopolitical changes after the collapse of the USSR have been followed by salient changes in individual and group self-identifications, illustrating the social embeddedness of our selves
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNon-Western Identity
EditorsByron G. Adams, Fons J. R. van de Vijver
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-77242-0 (
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-77241-3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2022

Publication series

Name Identity in a Changing World
ISSN (Print)2523-7802
ISSN (Electronic)2523-7810


  • Social Identity
  • Ethnic Identity
  • Religious Identity
  • Regional Identity
  • Identity Crisis
  • Post-Soviet Space
  • Russia


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