By N. Zakharov
Race and Racism in Russia identifies the amazing adjustments in racial rules, practices, exclusions and violence in Russia because the Nineteen Nineties, revealing how 'Russianness' has develop into a synonym for racial whiteness. This ground-breaking e-book presents new theories and substantive insights into race and ethnicity in a Russian context.
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916) to propose that the Russian concept of race was in fact shaped in the struggle against racism. However, it is clear that Soviet anti-colonialism was centralized and subordinated to the aims of the socialist project and geopolitical influence. This constituted an obstacle to any grassroots anti-colonial mobilization and deprived the subaltern of their voices. The civilizing mission conducted by the Soviet state has led certain sociologists to regard socialist modernization as internal colonization (Gouldner 1977), whereby both colonialism and anti-colonialism can both be regarded as important logics within the Soviet project.
36 Race and Racism in Russia The use of the category of race in sociohistorical analysis was, in fact, extremely limited until quite recently, although Soviet scholars had understood very well that ‘race can play a tremendous role as a phenomenon reflected by the mind’. As the physical anthropologist Yakov Roginsky put it in his remarks on the important article Ethnos and Endogamy by Yulian Bromley (1976, p. 272), the Director of the Institute of Ethnography and one of the authors of the Soviet theory of ethnos, perhaps we should ‘ask a Negro whether skin color affects his state of mind when he enters certain institutions in the United States’.
57). However, the attempt to define Soviet history as having been fully penetrated by racial themes and racist practices faces serious difficulties. Those who research the issue of socialist modernity point out that, in contrast to Western and Central Europe, where nation was a Race and Racism in the Russian Past 35 cornerstone of the growth of the modern state, social practices in the Soviet Union were organized predominantly around the notion of class (Arnason 1993; Fitzpatrick 1999). It is useful to keep in mind in this regard that the subject matter of ethnography was defined in the late 1920s as social-economic formations in their concrete variants, and that the notion of ‘ethnicity’ (ethnos) returned to theoretical discussion only in mid-1960s (Hirsch 2005; Filippov 2010).
Race and Racism in Russia by N. Zakharov