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An Empire of Others: Creating Ethnographic Knowledge in by Rolant Czvetkovski (ed.), Aleksis Hoffmeister (ed.)

By Rolant Czvetkovski (ed.), Aleksis Hoffmeister (ed.)

Ethnographers helped to understand, to appreciate and likewise to form imperial in addition to Soviet Russia’s cultural variety. This quantity specializes in the contexts during which ethnographic wisdom used to be created. often, ethnographic findings have been outdated through imperial discourse: Defining areas, connecting them with ethnic origins and conceiving nationwide entities unavoidably implied the mapping of political and old hierarchies. yet past those spatial conceptualizations the essays really tackle the categorical stipulations during which ethnographic wisdom seemed and adjusted. at the one hand, they flip to different fields into which ethnographic wisdom poured and materialized, i.e., historical past, historiography, anthropology or ideology. at the different, they both reflect on the influence of the explicit codecs, i.e., photos, maps, atlases, lectures, songs, museums, and exhibitions, on educational in addition to non-academic manifestations.

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4 (Freiburg, Basel, and Vienna: Herder, 1971), 461–491, 476–477. 47 It was now called Imperatorskoe Russkoe Geograficheskoe Obshchestvo. Nathaniel Knight, “Science, Empire, and Nationality: Ethnography in the Russian Geographical Society 1845–1855,” in Imperial Russia: New Histories for the Empire, eds. J. Burbank 42 Alexis Hofmeister of the leading research institutions of the country. For the academicians and enlightened bureaucrats who together joined the ranks of the RGO, ethnography was an important field of research, and it therefore had to be counted among the RGO’s major challenges.

W. Lane, An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (London: Knight, 1836) and Mountstuart Elphinstone, An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul (London: Bentley, 1839). 25 George W. Stocking, “What’s in a Name? The Origins of the Royal Anthropological Institute (1837–71),” Man New Series 6, no. 3 (September 1971): 369–390. 26 Tylor, of course, understood anthropology as a natural science. For the quotation: Henrika Kuklick, The Savage Within: The Social History of British Anthropology, 1885– 1945 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991), 7.

Vermeulen and A. Alvarez Roldán (London and New York: Routledge, 1995), 39–59, 54. 14 Arthur O. Lovejoy, The Great Chain of Being (Cambridge, 1936). 30 Alexis Hofmeister different societies, at least in Central and Eastern Europe, was already closely linked to two different terms—Volkskunde in the first case and Völkerkunde (ethnography) in the second. ” The subject flourished early and to such an extent that the institutionalization of the discipline under the name etnografiia occurred earlier and was much more fostered by public interest than in Western Europe or North America.

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