G.P. Snesarev i polevoe izuchenie 'religiozno-bytovykh perezhitkov: Г.П. СНЕСАРЕВ И ПОЛЕВОЕ ИЗУЧЕНИЕ “РЕЛИГИОЗНО-БЫТОВЫХ ПЕРЕЖИТКОВ”*

Translated title of the contribution: G.P. Snesarev and the Field Study of “Religious-and-Everyday Survivals”: G.P. SNESAREV AND FIELD STUDY OF "RELIGIOUS-PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS"*

Sergei Alymov

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The article discusses the life and career of the ethnographer and religious studies scholar G.P. Snesarev. The author examines the issues of fieldwork methods and ethical and epistemological problems in research on religion as they stood in the Soviet time. He pinpoints the mix of elements pertaining to the functionalist research program and the method of tracing survivals in Snesarev’s work. Snesarev’s scholarship is further taken as a case for showing both the attitude of Soviet religious studies scholars toward classifying religion as a “survival” and their notions of where the traditional and the modern meet.
Original languageOther
Pages (from-to)69-88
Number of pages19
JournalEtnograficheskoe Obozrenie
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013



  • fieldwork
  • survivals
  • Islam
  • Soviet ethnography
  • religious studies
  • history of ethnography

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