Vitality rediscovered: Theorizing post-Soviet ethnicity in Russian social sciences

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    Based on materials collected during a fieldwork in Barnaul (Siberia, Russia) in 2001-2004, the article explores two provincial academic discourses that are focused on issues of Russian national identity. Ethnohistories of trauma address Russia's current problems through the constant re-writing of the country's past in order to demonstrate the non-Russian character of its national and state institutions. In the second discourse, ethno-vitalism, the struggle over constructing and interpreting the nation's memory of the past is replaced with a similar struggle over constructing and interpreting perceptions of the nation's current experience. Produced by professional intelligentsia, these frameworks and discourses provide a useful link to understanding imaginary constructions of the national belonging in a situation where more positive ways of inventing traditions and imagining communities are unavailable or discredited.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)171-193
    Number of pages23
    JournalStudies in East European Thought
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Sep 2007

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Philosophy
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Law


    • Identity
    • Intelligentsia
    • Nationalism
    • Post-communism
    • Racism


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