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The Predicament of Chukotka's Indigenous Movement
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  • Page extent: 304 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.62 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 305.8/00957/7
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: GN635.C5 .G73 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Ethnology--Russia (Federation)--Chukotskiæi avtonomnyæi okrug
    • Indigenous peoples--Russia (Federation)--Chukotskiæi avtonomnyæi okrug--Government relations
    • Indigenous peoples--Russia (Federation)--Chukotskiæi avtonomnyæi okrug--Politics and government
    • Indigenous peoples--Russia (Federation)--Chukotskiæi avtonomnyæi okrug--Social conditions
    • Chukotskiæi avtonomnyæi okrug (Russia)--History

Library of Congress Record

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521823463 | ISBN-10: 0521823463)

This ethnography of the Russian North focuses on post-Soviet relations of domination between an indigenous minority and a non-indigenous majority in an urban setting. Patty Gray charts the political transformation in Chukotka as its administration sought to represent itself as 'democratic' while becoming ever more repressive, especially toward the indigenous population. The 'predicament' refers to how the nascent indigenous movement was prepared to address Soviet-style domination, and instead was confronted with this 'new Russian' style.

• Employs an anthropological approach to social movements and resistance (as opposed to sociological or political science) • Analyzes specific discursive techniques of domination of a marginalized people • Captures the nature of change in Russia beyond the center, after the collapse of the Soviet Union

Contents

Preface: Chukotka in the twenty-first century; Acknowledgements; Notes on transliteration; Vignette: 1948; 1. Epitomizing events; Vignette: 1956; 2. Starting a movement in Chukotka; Vignette: 1967; 3. The limits of resistance; Vignette: 1971; 4. Toward a history of Soviet Chukotka; Vignette: 1980; 5. Indigenous culture in a Russian space; Vignette: 1989; 6. Transformation of local politics in Chukotka; Vignette: 1996; 7. Socio-economic conditions in post-Soviet Chukotka; Vignette: 2002; Epilogue.

Review

'Gray insightfully approaches this situation in terms of control of space … it provides the context necessary to understand the situation in Chokotka today. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Chukotka and in indigenous issues more generally.' Virginie Vaté, Siberian Studies Centre, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

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