Life Histories of Etnos Theory in Russia and Beyond - cover image

Copyright

David G. Anderson; Dmitry V. Arzyutov; Sergei S. Alymov

Published On

2019-02-06

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-544-9
Hardback978-1-78374-545-6
PDF978-1-78374-546-3
HTML978-1-80064-569-1
XML978-1-78374-685-9
EPUB978-1-78374-547-0
MOBI978-1-78374-548-7

Language

  • English

Print Length

448 pages (XX+428)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 31 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.22" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 35 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.38" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1863g (65.72oz)
Hardback2266g (79.93oz)

Media

Illustrations97

OCLC Number

1091708551

LCCN

2019452868

BIC

  • J
  • JH
  • JHMC
  • JFC

BISAC

  • SOC000000
  • SOC002000
  • SOC002010

LCC

  • GN585.F6

Keywords

  • etnos
  • collective identities
  • language
  • traditions
  • ethnicity
  • national identity
  • Eurasia
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Life Histories of Etnos Theory in Russia and Beyond

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 The collection brings to life a rich archive of previously unpublished letters, fieldnotes, and photographic collections of the theory’s early proponents.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.

Contents

1. Grounding Etnos Theory: An Introduction

(pp. 1–20)
  • David G. Anderson
  • Dmitry V. Arzyutov
  • Sergei S. Alymov
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.01

2. Etnos Thinking in the Long Twentieth Century

(pp. 21–76)
  • David G. Anderson
  • Dmitry V. Arzyutov
  • Sergei S. Alymov
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.02

3. Ukrainian Roots of the Theory of Etnos

(pp. 77–144)
  • Sergei S. Alymov
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.03

4. Mapping Etnos: The Geographic Imagination of Fёdor Volkov and his Students

(pp. 145–202)
  • Sergei S. Alymov
  • Svetlana V. Podrezova
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.04

5. Notes from His “Snail’s Shell”: Shirokogoroff’s Fieldwork and the Groundwork for Etnos Thinking

(pp. 203–248)
  • David G. Anderson
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.05

6. Order out of Chaos: Anthropology and Politics of Sergei M. Shirokogoroff

(pp. 249–292)
  • Dmitry V. Arzyutov
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.06

7. Chasing Shadows: Sharing Photographs from Former Northwest Manchuria

(pp. 293–348)
  • Jocelyne Dudding
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.07

8. "The Sea is Our Field": Pomor Identity in Russian Ethnography

(pp. 349–388)
  • Masha Shaw
  • Natalie Wahnsiedler
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.08

9. Epilogue: Why Etnos (Still) Matters

(pp. 389–402)
  • Nathaniel Knight
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0150.09

Contributors

David G. Anderson

(editor)
Chair in the Anthropology of the North at University of Aberdeen

Dmitry V Arzyutov

(editor)
Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology at University of Aberdeen

Sergei S. Alymov

(editor)
Researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at Russian Academy of Sciences
Honorary Research Fellow at University of Aberdeen