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The Maintaining Ethnic Identity in the Diasporas: Institutional Forms and Practices
Complex Social Analysis
The paper is concerned with the institutional forms and practices of the maintaining ethnic identity in the Diasporas. The main hypothesis of this study is the assumption that the symbolic boundaries of ethnic community have the institutional foundations constructed by members of Diaspora to maintain their ethnic identity. The empirical object is Buryat diaspora in Moscow. The methods of gathering information are a series of expert interviews with the organizers of the Buryat national groups and an online survey of representatives of the diaspora. The results present interpretive judgments on institutional grounds of maintaining symbolic ethnic boundaries in the Diaspora.