NATIONAL IDENTITY OF ORTHODOX YOUTH. A CASE OF 'FRATERNITY OF ORTHODOX YOUTH' IN BIALYSTOK
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The article is based upon research. Twenty exhaustive interviews with young people from the 'Fraternity of Orthodox Youth' and five with the clerical protectors were conducted. National identity was the main subject of the research. One can also find there theoretical implications from the research on national youth identity on borderlines. It is important to show where, within the whole identity structure of young Orthodox people, national identity is located. First of all, 'Fraternity of Orthodox Youth' is a religious, non-government organization. It is the place where the Orthodox youth from Bialystok has contact with Belorussian, Ukrainian and Russian national minorities. For many of these young people it became a stimulus to start considerations about their identity. The group is characterized by chosen rather than imposed identity. The research has shown the existence of various types of national identity: the 'For-now-Polish', the 'Polish-from-the-East', the 'Polish-Belorussian', the 'Belorussian-from-here', the 'Belorussian', the 'Ukrainian', the Orthodox', the 'I-am-not-Belorussian-and-I-am-not-Polish', the 'I-cannot-say-who-I-am' identity. One can find exact descriptions of each type of identity. The article tries to answer the question: is it possible for a member of the Orthodox society in Poland to have the Polish identity?
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