16. 4. 2012
Many of us social scientists enjoy being part-time folk sociologists. By this, I refer to the ascription of overgeneralised traits to ethnic groups, such as: ‘The Ukrainians are like this,’ ‘The Georgians do things like that,’ etc. On many occasions, such remarks derive from our personal experiences in certain countries either as ethnographers or plain visitors. Quite a few of these comments might be anathema to mention in the classroom during a lecture or a seminar. But when sharing our travelling and research experiences with our close acquaintances over some glasses of wine, the limits of ‘academic censorship’ become rather relaxed.