The research methodology involves an interdisciplinary approach to the generalization and analysis of the material under investigation, as well as the use of cross-cultural method. At the same time, parts of the project are based on the classical methods of Asian Studies: source study and manuscriptology, comparative research methods of folklore, language and sociological and ethnographic data, the method of content analysis; field research methods, applied by project participants in expeditions (Middle East (Iraq, Egypt); Central Asia; Far East (China, Tibet Autonomous Region), South-East Asia (Vietnam)).
Empirical base of research:
Empirical base of research covers a wide range of sources: the monuments of Asian manuscript heritage, original fiction and folklore texts in Asian languages; musical notations; intellectual products for children (school textbooks, children's books and games, comics, cartoons); media materials, graffiti.
Results of research:
- Development of the basic principles of the concept of “Minority vs Majority” based on the various cases of majority-minority interaction in the countries of Asia and Africa;
- The implementation of this research project serves for complement of the conception of majority-minority dichotomy in various spheres of social and political life of the Asian countries, the forms of interaction between these communities (groups) and mechanisms of external influence to prevent and resolve potential conflicts;
- Information about the processes of socio-ethno-cultural divergence and convergence in the Asian and African communities, existing and possible opposition of identities, communities (groups) and social movements was collected and systematized.
Level of implementation, recommendations on implementation or outcomes of the implementation of the results
The project results are implemented in the development of courses for students of 1 and 2 year of study at "Asian and African Studies" program of St. Petersburg branch of the HSE.