Life Histories of Etnos Theory in Russia and Beyond

by David G. Anderson, Dmitry V. Arzyutov, Sergei S. Alymov

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Book Description

The idea of etnos came into being over a hundred years ago as a way of understanding the collective identities of people with a common language and shared traditions. In the twentieth century, the concept came to be associated with Soviet state-building, and it fell sharply out of favour. Yet outside the academy, etnos-style arguments not only persist, but are a vibrant part of regional anthropological traditions.

Life Histories of Etnos Theory in Russia and Beyond makes a powerful argument for reconsidering the importance of etnos in our understanding of ethnicity and national identity across Eurasia. The collection brings to life a rich archive of previously unpublished letters, fieldnotes, and photographic collections of the theory's early proponents. Using contemporary fieldwork and case studies, the volume shows how the ideas of these ethnographers continue to impact and shape identities in various regional theatres from Ukraine to the Russian North to the Manchurian steppes of what is now China. Through writing a life history of these collectivist concepts, the contributors to this volume unveil a world where the assumptions of liberal individualism do not hold. In doing so, they demonstrate how notions of belonging are not fleeting but persistent, multi-generational, and bio-social.

This collection is essential reading for anyone interested in Russian and Chinese area studies. It will also appeal to historians and students of anthropology and ethnography more generally.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Life Histories of Etnos Theory in Russia and Beyond ebook for free in PDF format (50.1 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Grounding Etnos Theory: An Introduction
 
Chapter 2
Etnos Thinking in the Long Twentieth Century
 
Chapter 3
Ukrainian Roots of the Theory of Etnos
 
Chapter 4
Mapping Etnos: The Geographic Imagination of Fёdor Volkov and his Students
 
Chapter 5
Notes from His "Snail's Shell": Shirokogoroff's Fieldwork and the Groundwork for Etnos Thinking
 
Chapter 6
Order out of Chaos: Anthropology and Politics of Sergei M. Shirokogoroff
 
Chapter 7
Chasing Shadows: Sharing Photographs from Former Northwest Manchuria
 
Chapter 8
"The Sea is Our Field": Pomor Identity in Russian Ethnography
 
Chapter 9
Epilogue: Why Etnos (Still) Matters
 

Book Details

Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2019
Pages
450
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781783745449
ISBN10
1783745444
ISBN13 Digital
9781783745463
ISBN10 Digital
1783745460
PDF Size
50.1 MB
License
CC BY

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