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Ethnic fragmentation and re-identification as a form of social adaptation of local communities (Setus, Ingrian Finns, Pomors, Izhma Komis)

Objective

The purpose of the Project is to reveal the reasons on which there occurs the actualisation or even rebirth of identities of local ethnic communities, which in conditions of intra-ethnic integration and globalisation were to forfeit their urgency. We are to find out why the process of actualisation of local ethnic identities began to intensify and what the stimuli of this process in different countries are.

For this purpose we chose four ethnic groups (Ingrian Finns, Setus, Pomors, Izhma Komis), who live in Estonia, Finland and Russia and who more and more actively oppose to officially dominating ethnic groups, and require the special status and special rights. In the course of realization of the Project the collection of different data about all these groups will be organized, the complex of studies will be carried out inside the groups using the methods of several scientific disciplines but mainly sociology and social anthropology. It is expected that the result of the work will be not only a series of publications, but also some theoretical model of actualisation of local identities in modern conditions.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
Address
Ülikooli, 18
Tartu
Estonia

Participants (2)

INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND HISTORY OF KOMI SCIENCE CENTRE OF URALS BRANCH OF RAS
Russia
Address
Kommunisticheskaya, 26
Syktyvkar
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Finland
Address
Veteraanikuja, 2 D 21
Helsinki