Russia: Anthropological Insights

By Petra Rethmann

© 2018

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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  • Series: Anthropological Insights
  • Division: Higher Education
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  • Page Count: 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.8in x 0.4in x 9.0in
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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.

Russia: Anthropological Insights

By Petra Rethmann

© 2018

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Anthropological Insights
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.8in x 0.4in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "While offering digestible summaries of key events in Russian history, Rethmann uses vivid examples from ethnographic research studies to present the state of the field. This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history, peoples, and cultures of Russia."


    Sarah D. Phillips, Professor of Anthropology, Director, Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Author Information

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

    Timeline
    Preface
    Acknowledgments

    1. Introducing Russia
    2. Red Russia: Socialism and the Social
    3. Spectacular Power and Terror
    4. The Awakening of Contemporary Russia: Perestroika, 1985–1991
    5. …And the Politics of Memory, Loss, and Nostalgia
    6. Mythical Russia
    7. Indigenous Russia
    8. Gender Trouble in Russia
    9. Nation, Nationalism, and War
    10. Media and Art
    11. Protest, Democracy, and Participation
    12. Russia Beyond Russia

    Glossary
    References
    Index