Etnos: A Life History of the Etnos Concept

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DR. DAVID G. ANDERSON, and DR. DMITRY ARZYUTOV, were awarded an International Collaborative Research Grant in May 2011 to aid research on 'The Concept of the 'Ethnos' in Post-Soviet Russia: The Ethnogenesis of the Peoples of the North.' Building on the observations of Ernest Gellner, that in Russia and Eastern Europe social and political thought has been incubated specifically within the discipline of ethnography, this project aims to examine the status of ethnogenetic thinking in post-Soviet Russia. The 'ethnos' concept, with its radical 'primordialism' has been associated strongly with Soviet state-building creating an unarticulated assumption that theory crumbled along with Soviet institutions. It has been one of the surprises of the post-Soviet transition that 'ethnos-style' thinking not only persists but is a vibrant part of the Russian anthropological context.

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