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Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North - cover image


Joachim Otto Habeck

Published On





  • English

Print Length

488 pages (xx+468)


Paperback156 x 34 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.33" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 38 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.5" x 9.21")


Paperback2025g (71.43oz)
Hardback2431g (85.75oz)



OCLC Number





  • J
  • JH
  • JHMC
  • JFC
  • 1DVUA


  • SOC000000
  • SOC002000
  • SOC002010


  • DK757.3


  • lifestyle
  • Siberia
  • Russian North
  • Anthropology

Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North

  • Joachim Otto Habeck (editor)
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.


This book draws on a wide range of theoretical perspectives – from Chaney and Bourdieu to Berger, Sontag and Bakhtin – and from ideas about nostalgia to theories of consumption, nation, and ethnicity. The ethnographic detail in each chapter is impressive, and in my view is the real core of the book. It is a resource which will be widely used by Russian, Soviet and postsocialist specialists, by anthropologists, sociologists and geographers, and by anyone interested in cultural studies, material culture and consumption, and place and ethnicity.

Dr. Frances Pine

Goldsmiths, University of London


This is well-conceived and well-written work of research that is addressed to researchers interested in the social life of Siberia and the Russian Far East. The book successfully meets the aim of contributing to the understanding of the concept lifestyle in the context of modernity and the people’s interaction with the most important social trends that have occurred during the Soviet and post-Soviet period.

Prof. Dr. Ayse Dietrich

"LIFESTYLE IN SIBERIA AND THE RUSSIAN NORTH". IJORS - International Journal of Russian Studies (2158-7051), vol. 9, no. 2, 2020.

Full Review


Joachim Otto Habeck

Lecturer in Anthropology at Universität Hamburg