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The Etnos Archipelago: Sergei M. Shirokogoroff and the Life History of a Controversial Anthropological Concept
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3782-9296
2019 (English)In: Current Anthropology, ISSN 0011-3204, E-ISSN 1537-5382, Vol. 60, no 6, p. 741-773Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The concept of etnos—one of the more controversial anthropological concepts of the Cold War period—is contextualized by looking at its “life history” through the biography of one of its proponents. Sergei Mikhailovich Shirokogoroff was a Russian/Chinese anthropologist whose career transected Eurasia from Paris to Beijing via Saint Petersburg and the Siberian borderlands of the Russian Empire. His transnational biography and active correspondence shaped the unique spatial and intellectual configuration of a concept that became a cornerstone of both Soviet and Chinese ethnography. The theory of etnos turned out to be surprisingly stable, while circulating through various political and intellectual environments ranging from England, Germany, and China to Imperial, Soviet, and modern Russia. This case study presents a history of anthropology wherein networks and conversations originating in the Far East of Eurasia have had unexpected influences on the heartlands of anthropology. 

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Chicago, 2019. Vol. 60, no 6, p. 741-773
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-267554DOI: 10.1086/704685ISI: 000507295300002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85075986529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-267554DiVA, id: diva2:1392816
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Available from: 2020-02-10 Created: 2020-02-10 Last updated: 2020-04-09Bibliographically approved

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