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Ukrainian Roots of the Theory of Ethnos

[Ukrainskie korni teorii etnosa]

Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 30.03.2017

Accepted: 30.05.2017

About author(s)

Sergey S. Alymov | http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9988-9556 | alymovs@mail.ru | Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (32a Leninsky prospekt, Moscow, 119991, Russia)


ethnos, history of ethnography, ethnographic theory, Ukrainians, N.M. Mogilianskii, Ukrainian nationalism, anthropology


The article analyses ideological, political and scientific contexts of the appearance of the idea of “ethnos” as a subject matter of ethnography, suggested by N.M. Mogilianskii. Drawing on archival materials, the author considers Mogilianskii’s museum and field researches, his activity in emigration, and the dispute between Volkov and Anuchin about physical anthropology of Ukrainians. The article concludes that the idea of ethnos appeared in the course of ethnography’s university institutionalization and relied on the concept of ethnography as a subfield of the natural science of anthropology.

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Economic and Social Research Council, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100000269 [ESRC ES/K006428/1]
Russian Foundation for Humanities, https://doi.org/10.13039/100009094 [grant no. 15-01-00450а]


Alymov, S.S. 2017. Ukrainskie korni teorii etnosa [Ukrainian Roots of the Theory of Ethnos]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 5: 67-84

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