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This is the first ethnography of the Russian North to focus 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.Read more
- 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
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"This outstanding study will have lasting appeal to a very broad readership."
Peter Jordan, Slavic ReviewSee more reviews
"Patty Gray's ethnography of political activism among 1990s Chukotkan indigenous peoples is an excellent discussion of these real lives, neatly articulating the connections among anthropology, sociology, and political science while remaining very much an anthropological ethnography (a very good thing)." - Alexander D. King, University of Aberdeen
"Scholars and students of the Russian North should read this eye-opening account of Chukotka's geopolitics, history, economics and culture because the Russian North could play a vital cultural and economic for the Far East and Alaska. Finally, the case study is worth comparing with the plight of Native Americans in the United States of America." - Jane E. Knox- Voina Bowdoin College
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- Date Published: July 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107404946
- length: 304 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.45kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Preface: Chukotka in the twenty-first century
Notes on transliteration
1. Epitomizing events
2. Starting a movement in Chukotka
3. The limits of resistance
4. Toward a history of Soviet Chukotka
5. Indigenous culture in a Russian space
6. Transformation of local politics in Chukotka
7. Socio-economic conditions in post-Soviet Chukotka
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