Russia: Anthropological Insights

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2018 - Ethnology - 118 pages

This book offers a brief introduction to the anthropological study of Russia. Moving beyond the conceptual iron curtain that has divided past study of Russia into "East" and "West," it situates Russia in a global context and provides readers with all of the necessary analytical tools for understanding the complex cultural and social configurations of the contemporary Russian Federation. Based on extensive fieldwork in Russia, it offers unique insights into a number of cultural configurations--including socialism, violence, mythology, colonialism, nationalism, gender, memory, democracy, media, and art. Through the use of interesting case studies and ethnographic "snapshots," the author has produced a lively and engaging overview of Russia's cultural meaning and significance.


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1 Introduction
Socialism Awakening Transition PostSocialism
3 Loss Memory and Religion
4 Identity Nationalism and CommunityMaking
5 Political Culture Democracy and Protest
6 Gender Sex and Desire
7 Media and Art
8 Russia Beyond Russia

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Petra Rethmann is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at McMaster University.

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