Problems of Archaeology, Ethnography, Anthropology of
Siberia and Neighboring Territories

ISSN 2658-6193 (Online)

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2018 Volume XXIV

DOI: 10.17746/2658-6193.2018.24.391-393

УДК 394+316.444

The Ethno-Symbolic Approach to Identity

Berezikov N.A.

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The purpose of the article is to analyze the group identity from the point of view of the ethno-symbolic approach of A.D. Smith and F. Barth. These researchers answer the question about what the formation of the group is based on. The basis of this approach is that there are symbolic elements of culture - symbols, myths and communications that form the identity. This complex is mediated by symbolic interaction, a type of communication with symbols, and communication as the way by which these symbols act. This approach is in demand for understanding the identity of polyvalent ethnic groups, in which both the social and ethnocultural components dominate. This means that ethnic identity is a node of changing interactions, but is neither a nuclear component of social organization nor a separate timeless essence.


identity, solidarity, culture, memory, symbol, myth, communication, ethnosymbolism

17, Аkademika Lavrentieva prosp., Novosibirsk, 630090, Russia
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences