The 1926/27 Soviet Polar Census Expeditions

The 1926/27 Soviet Polar Census Expeditions

by David G. Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1845457668

ISBN-13: 9781845457662

Pub. Date: 05/01/2011

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

"This a much-welcome addition to the modern English-language reference library on Siberian indigenous people and the first book-size effort to address their plight and status from the perspective of the Russian archival statistical and documentary records of the early 1900s. It is an outcome of a monumental collaborative project." · Igor Krupnik, Smithsonian…  See more details below

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"This a much-welcome addition to the modern English-language reference library on Siberian indigenous people and the first book-size effort to address their plight and status from the perspective of the Russian archival statistical and documentary records of the early 1900s. It is an outcome of a monumental collaborative project." · Igor Krupnik, Smithsonian Institution

In 1926/27 the Soviet Central Statistical Administration initiated several yearlong expeditions to gather primary data on the whereabouts, economy and living conditions of all rural peoples living in the Arctic and sub-Arctic at the end of the Russian civil war. Due partly to the enthusiasm of local geographers and ethnographers, the Polar Census grew into a massive ethnological exercise, gathering not only basic demographic and economic data on every household but also a rich archive of photographs, maps, kinship charts, narrative transcripts and museum artifacts. To this day, it remains one of the most comprehensive surveys of a rural population anywhere. The contributors to this volume - all noted scholars in their region - have conducted long-term fieldwork with the descendants of the people surveyed in 1926/27. This volume is the culmination of eight years' work with the primary record cards and was supported by a number of national scholarly funding agencies in the UK, Canada and Norway. It is a unique historical, ethnographical analysis and of immense value to scholars familiar with these communities' contemporary cultural dynamics and legacy.

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ISBN-13:
9781845457662
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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