Russian Cultural Anthropology after the Collapse of Communism

Russian Cultural Anthropology after the Collapse of Communism

by Albert Baiburin
     
 

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In Soviet times, anthropologists in the Soviet Union were closely involved in the state’s work of nation building. They helped define official nationalities, and gathered material about traditional customs and suitably heroic folklore, whilst at the same time refraining from work on the reality of contemporary Soviet life. Since the end of the Soviet Union

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In Soviet times, anthropologists in the Soviet Union were closely involved in the state’s work of nation building. They helped define official nationalities, and gathered material about traditional customs and suitably heroic folklore, whilst at the same time refraining from work on the reality of contemporary Soviet life. Since the end of the Soviet Union anthropology in Russia has been transformed. International research standards have been adopted, and the focus of research has shifted to include urban culture and difficult subjects, such as xenophobia. However, this transformation has been, and continues to be, controversial, with, for example, strongly contested debates about the relevance of Western anthropology and cultural theory to post-Soviet reality. This book presents an overview of how anthropology in Russia has changed since Soviet times, and showcases examples of important Russian anthropological work. As such, the book will be of great interest not just to Russian specialists, but also to anthropologists more widely, and to all those interested in the way academic study is related to prevailing political and social conditions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781138816749
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/15/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Albert Baiburin is Malkhaz Abdushelishvili Professor of Anthropology at the European University, St Petersburg

Catriona Kelly is Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford

Nikolai Vakhtin is University Professor of Arctic Social Studies at the European University, St Petersburg

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