Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North - cover image


Joachim Otto Habeck

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  • English

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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)



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  • J
  • JH
  • JHMC
  • JFC
  • 1DVUA


  • SOC000000
  • SOC002000
  • SOC002010


  • DK757.3


  • lifestyle
  • Siberia
  • Russian North
  • Anthropology
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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


1. Introduction: Studying Lifestyle in Russia

(pp. 1–34)
  • Joachim Otto Habeck

2. Implications of Infrastructure and Technological Change for Lifestyles in Siberia

(pp. 35–104)
  • Dennis Zuev
  • Joachim Otto Habeck

3. Lifestyle and Creative Engagement with Rural Space in Northwest Russia

(pp. 105–130)
  • Masha Shaw

4. Holiday Convergences, Holiday Divergences: Siberian Leisure Mobilities Under Late Socialism and After

(pp. 131–166)
  • Ludek Broz
  • Joachim Otto Habeck

5. Spatial imaginaries and personal topographies in Siberian life stories: Analysing movement and place in biographical narratives

(pp. 167–190)
  • Joseph J. Long

6. Something like Happiness: Home Photography in the Inquiry of Lifestyles

(pp. 191–256)
  • Jaroslava Panáková

7. Soviet Kul’tura in Post-Soviet Identification: The Aesthetics of Ethnicity in Sakha (Yakutia)

(pp. 257–294)
  • Eleanor Peers

8. Ethnicity on the Move: National-Cultural Organisations in Siberia

(pp. 295–330)
  • Artem Rabogoshvili

9. "We are not Playing Life, We Live Here": Playful Appropriation of Ancestral Memory in a Youth Camp in Western Siberia

(pp. 331–364)
  • Ina Schröder

10. A Taste for Play: Lifestyle and Live-Action Role-playing in Siberia and the Russian Far East

(pp. 365–398)
  • Ina Schröder

11. Conclusions

(pp. 399–434)
  • Joachim Otto Habeck

Appendix: On Research Design and Methods

(pp. 435–450)
  • Joachim Otto Habeck
  • Jaroslava Panáková


Joachim Otto Habeck

Lecturer in Anthropology at Universität Hamburg