The Concept of the Field and Fieldwork in Early Soviet Ethnography
Type of publication: Research Article
Soviet ethnography, fi eld, Boas, Shternberg, Bogoras, discourse, Foucault
The article discusses the issue of conceptualizing the ﬁeld in early Soviet ethnography. The authors trace the dynamics of shaping the notion of ethnographic ﬁeld in multiple intersections of discursive ﬁelds within the Leningrad school of ethnography. The study proceeds from examining three periods in the history of formation of the notion: 1) ﬁeld experience of Bogoras and Shternberg during their exile and collaboration with Boas; 2) the attempt to conceptualize the ﬁeld made by Bogoras and Shternberg in ﬁeld research programs and the course of lectures for the ﬁrst generation of Soviet ethnographers; and 3) the application of the initial ground work and experience and the reassessment of the ﬁeld by their students and followers in the context of history of the Soviet ethnography of 1920s– 1930s.
Arzyutov, D.V., Kan, S.A. 2013. The Concept of the Field and Fieldwork in Early Soviet Ethnography. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 6: 45-68
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