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Ethnicity: Sustainability and Changeability (the Case of the North)

Type of publication: Research Article

About author(s)

Andrei V. Golovnev | andrei_golovnev@bk.ru | Institute of History and Archaeology, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences


ethnicity, ethnic history, ethnogenesis, indigenous peoples of the north, ethnonyms, sustainable development concept, modern, postmodern


The article critically examines the history of formation of the nomenclature of indigenous peoples of the Russian/Soviet North, and the part that personal preferences and ideological attitudes of politicians and scholars had played in it. The author analyzes the connection between aspects of modernism and postmodernism and the theoretical construction of ethnogenesis. He discusses various clichйs that had formed in the Soviet rhetoric and the opposition of stability-changeability as applied to the people of the North.


Golovnev, A.V. 2012. Ethnicity: Sustainability and Changeability (the Case of the North). Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 2: 3-12

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