Men, Women, … Tribes, Peoples: What Does a Person’s Life Look Like Among His/Her Constructs?

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Assoc. Prof., Lomonosov Moscow State University; Assoc. Prof., RUDN University; Leading Researcher, Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS
Lomonosov Moscow State University
RUDN University
Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS
Address: Moscow, Russia
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 4

The article is the second (final) part of the essay devoted to the analysis of social constructivist explanations of gender and ethno-national phenomena. In particular, the author refers to the ideas of the classics of ethno-sociological constructivism – B. Anderson, E. Gellner and E. Hobsbawm, including the argumentation presented in the concept of «imagined communities». A general description of the mechanisms and technologies of practical (including symbolic and discursive) «production» of ethnic identities, construction and «invention» of nations and peoples is given as procedures carried out by intellectuals and politicians in different regions of the world. A specifically «modern» (rooted in the nature of modern societies) context for the formation of nation-states and nationalism as a special political movement and ideological doctrine is revealed. 

Keywordssocial constructivism, ethnicity, nation, nationalism, «imagined communities», historical memory, primordialism, identity, stereotype, sociology of ethnic and national relations
Publication date12.07.2023
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