Re-enacting “Cossack roots”:embodiment of memory, history, and tradition among young people in southern Russia

Popov, Anton (2017). Re-enacting “Cossack roots”:embodiment of memory, history, and tradition among young people in southern Russia. Nationalities Papers, Early ,

Abstract

This article draws upon ethnographic research which was conducted among young Cossacks (members of officially registered and informal Cossack clubs) in southern Russia. It presents young people’s participation in the Cossack “nativism” as a physical and material mode of socialization into the mnemonic community. The research puts forward an argument that such corporal and sensorial experiences is effective in recruiting some young members to the Cossack movement. At the same time, the performative character of neo-Cossack identity destabilizes contemporary Cossacks’ claims of authenticity related to the status of the legitimate heirs of historical Cossackdom. At the more general level of discussion this paper juxtaposes bodily activities, social memory, and revivalist discourses.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00905992.2017.1354363
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, publishing as Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Nationalities Papers on 2/11/17, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00905992.2017.1354363.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cossacks,social memory,embodiment,southern Russia,young people
Published Date: 2017-11-02
Authors: Popov, Anton

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