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People and the land : pathways to reform in post-Soviet Siberia /
Erich Kasten (ed.)
Berlin : D. Riemer ; Seattle, Wa : Distribution in North America [by] University of Washington Press, c2002.
257 p. ; 21 cm.
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Berlin : D. Riemer ; Seattle, Wa : Distribution in North America [by] University of Washington Press, c2002.
general note
First vol. of the series "Pathways to reform in post-Soviet Siberia"--Cf. Introd.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Erich Kasten was the coordinator of the Siberia research group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany, and is currently also based at the Museum of Ethnology, Berlin
Main Description
While much has been written on post-Soviet change in Russian urban centres, we still know very little about how these changes have affected peoples' lives in rural communities. This is nowhere more true than in the vast regions of Siberia and the North. This volume fills this gap with in-depth studies of how people with different cultural backgrounds, often living in extreme natural environments, are coping with dramatic and rapid political and economic transformations. It shows how the fate of postsocialist reforms in the Russian North depends largely on striking the right balance between exploitation of the region's strategic natural resources and concern for environmental impacts and the survival of local people. The authors, among them many of the leading scholars of the Russian North, place their accounts within the context of wider, comparative enquiries into the nature of postsocialist societies. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Ways of Knowing and Indigenous People's Linking to the Land
In the 'House of Dismay': Knowledge, Culture, and Post-Soviet Politics in Chukotka, 1995-1996p. 7
When the Fat Raven Sings: Mimesis and Environmental Alterity in Kamchatka's Environmentalist Agep. 45
Reindeer Herders' Culturescapes in the Koryak Autonomous Okrugp. 63
Property Relations and Power Dynamics of Resource use
Self-Government of the Indigenous Minority Peoples of West Siberia: Analysis of Law and Practicep. 83
Entitlements, Identity and Time: Addressing Aboriginal Rights and Nature Protection in Siberia's New Resource Coloniesp. 99
How to Turn a Reindeer Pasture into an Oil Well, and vice versa: Transfer of Land, Compensation and Reclamation in the Komi Republicp. 125
Est' Zakon, est' i svoi Zakony: Legal and Moral Entitlements to the Fish Resources of Nyski Bay, North-Eastern Sakhalinp. 149
Market Reforms and Non-Market Strategies
Soviet and Post-Soviet Reindeer-Herding Collectives: Transitional Slogans in Murmansk Regionp. 171
Transition Period in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug: Changing and Unchanging Life of Nenets Peoplep. 189
Land Use and Economic Change among the Dolgan and Nganasanp. 207
Is Trade Traditional? Theorizing Economic Histories and Futures in the New Kamchatkap. 225
Epiloguep. 245
Notes on the Contributorsp. 255
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