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Paper due Tomorrow, 10 December at 5 pm.. Lecture cancelled No lecture next Tuesday, 16 December Final lecture is Wednesday 17 December in New Kings 10.

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1 Paper due Tomorrow, 10 December at 5 pm.

2 Lecture cancelled No lecture next Tuesday, 16 December Final lecture is Wednesday 17 December in New Kings 10 (as usual)

3 Ethnicity Debate between two views of ethnicity Primordialist Real bonds that tie people together in real groups Constructivist Everything is invented, artificial Imagined communities, invented traditions

4 Emic-etic distinction Emic view of ethnicity and ethnic groups –Real social groups with real differences from other groups –Ways of being are not easily cast off, part an inherent identity, essential to person and group Etic view of ethnicity –These groups have changed over time, and the defining criteria are not fixed and unchanging –Every group (culture, nation, ethnicity) is hybrid, no pure forms

5 Ritual and ethnicity Ritual provides the content of ethnicity, but in the process it does not essentialize ethnicity. -Metcalf, p103

6 Quest for ethnic groups in Siberia Russia multi-ethnic empire Soviet Union federation of socialist peoples Kamchatka Koryaks, Chukchi, Alutors, Nymylans, Kereks, Evens, Itelmens, Kamchadals

7 Russia Map

8 Okrug map Okrug Map

9 Lenins nationalities policy Bolsheviks needed support of the people –Defined as ethnic minorities oppressed by Great Russian chauvanism Numerically small peoples of the North –Primitivist poster child of the Soviet revolution –Leap of 1000 years –Policies needed clear idea of what was going on (ethnography)

10 Lenins nationalities policy Ethnic groups got ethnic soviets –Guarrantees to their distinctive culture National Okrugs, Oblasts, Republics –Replicated a typology of ethnic groups –Most small and primitive to modern nations

11 What do you call yourselves? Empire needs administration, facts, objective realities –Real differences must be reflected in the real names Ethnic groups are out there to be found –Task of anthropology in Russia is to go find them and describe them

12 Russian ethnographers Atlasov conquered Kamchatka in 1697 –Koryaks (reindeer, settled) –Kamchadals/Itelmens Krashenninikov described Kamchatka in 1740s –Distinctions based on language –Chukchi –Koryak (reindeer, settled) –Kamchadal/Itelmens The reindeer Koriaks call themselves tumugutu. They call the Russians, melagytangy, and the Kamchadals, khonchala. They do not know the Kuriles at all. The Koriaks who do not change their dwelling place at all call themselves chauchu; they also call the Russians melagytangy, the Kamchadals nymylaga and the Kuriles kuinala

13 Soviet ethnographers Ethnographer as scientist and engineer –Describing current conditions and working to reshape them into modern socialism We must send to the North not scholars but missionaries, missionaries of the new culture and new Soviet statehood. -Vladimir Bogoraz

14 Ethnic in form, socialist in content Social relations to the means of production the deep structure of society Ethnic distinctions real, but not so important (decorations) Soviet Union - common socialist culture with different ethnoses decorating it.

15 Kamchatkan social groups Mestnye (locals) Priezzhie (newcomers)


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