On archaization in social transformations

On archaization in social transformations

Popkov Yu.V.,

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Prof., Deputy Director, Head of the Ethno-Social Studies sector, Institute of Philosophy and Law, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, yuripopkov54@mail.ru

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2015.01.17

For citation:

Popkov Yu.V. On archaization in social transformations. – Polis. Political Studies. 2015. No. 1. P. 185-190. (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.17976/jpps/2015.01.17


The author of the review analyzes a new book by a political sociologist Chimiza Lamazhaa «Archaization society. Tuvan phenomenon» (St. Petersburg, 2013), which reveals the place and role of archaisms in the process of social transformations. Specific effects of archaization are described in detail with the Republic of Tuva as an example; its past and present history are also discussed. This book convincingly shows that connection between the past, present, and future is a significant and even universal philosophical and general political problem actively discussed throughout the history of philosophy. Applied to Tuvan society, this actualization turns out to be exceptionally actual and is especially enhanced during periods of transformational changes. Ch. Lamazaa credibly demonstrates that the increased interest in historical memory is one of the essential characteristics of a modern society. Not long ago, the modernization process was assumed by many researchers as a rejection of the heritage of the past. Now a belief is growing that it is impossible to understand our present and future without our past.

Russia; archaization; Tuva; social transformations; Ch. Lamazhaa; clannishness; historical memory.

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