Culture incarnate: native anthropology from Russia by Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

By Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

This selection of reviews makes use of the techniques of study and self-analysis to envision the social, political and religious forces at paintings within the post-Soviet international. The textual content contains discussions of ethnohistory, political anthropology and ethnic clash, and symbolic anthropology.

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In certain constrained forms, research akin to symbolic anthropology was a staple in the Soviet Union well before the 1980s. Ethnographers writing about their own cultures have long been fascinated by both their spiritual and their esthetic roots, and yet removed from those roots through formal Soviet education and informal socialization. They used study of traditional (labeled prerevolutionary) ritual and folk wisdom as ways to uncover the rich symbolic meanings embedded in their cultures. In this way, both consciously and unconsciously (depending on the individuals), they helped bolster their own and their peoples' sagging pride in their cultures.

This may be a function of when the article was written (1990). But their coverage of the interrelation of ethnicity and religion is especially valuable. Their work reminds us there are many histories of Islam and many kinds of Islam. Anatolii Ignatevich Gogolev has been quietly and diligently working for years on topics that have recently become fashionable because of a renewed search for an understanding of Sakha (Yakut) roots, for a sense of the relationship between Sakha and Turkic cultures, and for new concepts of historical processes that have shaped the Sakha into a nation.

Kuzeev And Shamil F. Mukhamediarov 46 Several Features of the Yakut (Sakha) Ethnoculture Anatolii I. Gogolev 63 The Question of the Khakas Ethnonym Viktor Ia. Butanaev 70 II. Political Anthropology: Interpreting Ethnicity, Ethnic Conflict, and Sociocultural Norms The Former Checheno-Ingushetia: Interethnic Relations and Ethnic Conflicts Galina U. Soldatova 83 Ethnic Relations in Tuva Zoia V. Anaibin 102 The Problems of Sovereignty and Interethnic Relations in the Republic of Tatarstan Roza N. Musina 113 Cultural Norms in the Baikal Region Zoia P.

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