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Chapters in Edited Volumes

2014. "Ivana Kupala (St. John's Eve) Revivals as Metaphors of Fertility and Contemporary Ukrainian Femininity". In Traditional Music Revival Scenes. Edited by Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill, 508-527. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ivana Kupala (Oxford UP).pdf

2012. "Ukraine." In The International Recording Industries. Edited by Lee Marshall, 192–206. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Part of an edited volume that analyzes recording industries in Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Japan, South Africa, and Ukraine, this chapter puts forth preliminary understandings of how capital, politics, and piracy have influenced ideas about music's roles in people's lives. It analyzes the ways in which these overarching issues have shaped Ukraine's music industries during the first two decades of independence. It is divided into three parts, beginning with an analysis of the Soviet Union's monopoly over music distribution, showing how the state's control over musical expression created a cultural and political milieu that positioned popular music as a means to express anti-government and pro-Ukrainian sentiments. In the second section, the chapter considers continuities between popular music in the Soviet era and the years of independence, focusing on particular on the ongoing links between music and nationalist politics and on piracy. Finally, the third section analyzes Kyiv's central role in the contemporary Ukrainian music industry.
Helbig Ch 11 in Marshall, ed (2012).pdf


2010. "The Dialogics of Development: NGOs, Ethnopolitics, and Roma in Ukraine" In Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy, and the State in Ukraine. Edited by Paul D'Anieri, 254-273. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars/ John Hopkins University Press.

This book chapter analyzes factors that influence the level and nature of representation for national minorities in local governance in Ukraine. Specifically, it addresses the processes through which minority communities engage with the idea of civil society as it is propagated via international networks of development aid. Because much international development aid for national minorities in Ukraine is allocated according to ethnic criteria, two overarching questions frame this essay: 1) How do internationally-sponsored development projects influence conceptualizations of ethnic identity and determine meanings imbued in categories such as "national minority"?; and 2) How do discourses of ethnicity, contextualized within local, national, and transnational relations of power, shape local understandings of "equality" with regard to national minorities in Ukraine?
This book chapter positions internationally-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as agents that play an important role in shaping ethnic minority movements in post-socialist Ukraine. It analyzes the repercussions of employing ethnicity as the main criteria for the distribution of development aid and shows that the "minorization" of specific segments of the population within international development discourse encourages various forms of internal stratification within minority groups. In turn, such processes contribute to the further marginalization of those members with least representative power within this discourse. Using the internationally funded Roma rights movement as a model, this chapter questions whether ethnically-based approaches toward the integration of minorities serve as the most effective strategy to help guarantee equal access to social goods.
Helbig Ch 10 in D'Anieri (2010).pdf


2009. "Representation and Intracultural Dynamics: Romani Musicians and Cultural Rights Discourse in Ukraine." In Music and Cultural Rights. Edited by Andrew Weintraub and Bell Yung, 269-295. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

In cultural development practices of post -socialist Eastern Europe, cultural rights function as an interchangeable concept with minority rights, in which ethnicity figures as a central framework for political and social equality. Policy initiatives and projects funded by government agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) address minority rights issues through a lens of ethnic homogeneity that, in most cases, completely overlooks those issues of gender, class, and education that work together to influence relative cultural agency and powers of representation within a community and in society at large.
Helbig 2009 Ch 6 in Weintraub, Bell eds.pdf