Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North breaks new ground by exploring the concept of lifestyle from a distinctly anthropological perspective. Showcasing the collective work of ten experienced scholars in the field, the book goes beyond concepts of tradition that have often been the focus of previous research, to explain how political, economic and technological changes in Russia have created a wide range of new possibilities and constraints in the pursuit of different ways of life.
Each contribution is drawn from meticulous first-hand field research, and the authors engage with theoretical questions such as whether and how the concept of lifestyle can be extended beyond its conventionally urban, Euro-American context and employed in a markedly different setting. Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North builds on the contributors' clear commitment to diversifying the field and providing a novel and intimate insight into this vast and dynamic region.
This book provides inspiring reading for students and teachers of Anthropology, Sociology and Cultural Studies and for anyone interested in Russia and its regions. By providing ethnographic case studies, it is also a useful basis for teaching anthropological methods and concepts, both at graduate and undergraduate level. Rigorous and innovative, it marks an important contribution to the study of Siberia and the Russian North.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Studying Lifestyle in Russia
Implications of Infrastructure and Technological Change for Lifestyles in Siberia
Lifestyle and Creative Engagement with Rural Space in Northwest Russia
Holiday Convergences, Holiday Divergences: Siberian Leisure Mobilities Under Late Socialism and After
Spatial imaginaries and personal topographies in Siberian life stories: analysing movement and place in biographical narratives
Something like Happiness: Home Photography in the Inquiry of Lifestyles
Soviet Kul'tura in Post-Soviet Identification: The Aesthetics of Ethnicity in Sakha (Yakutia)
Ethnicity on the Move: National-Cultural Organisations in Siberia
"We are not Playing Life, We Live Here": Playful Appropriation of Ancestral Memory in a Youth Camp in Western Siberia
A Taste for Play: Lifestyle and Live-Action Role-playing in Siberia and the Russian Far East