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Eleanor Peers

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pp. 257-294

Print Length

37 pages

7. Soviet Kul’tura in Post-Soviet Identification

The Aesthetics of Ethnicity in Sakha (Yakutia)

Chapter 7 continues the investigation of aesthetics: Eleanor Peers focuses on performance in a particular group of events, notably public celebrations, aesthetic expressions, and artwork. She analyses the development of lifestyles in late Soviet times with reference to Yurchak’s concept of svoi (communities of “ours”) and provides a careful description of ethnicity and kultur'nost' (which we translate as “culturedness” or cultivated behaviour) in Soviet and post-Soviet times.


Eleanor Peers

Scott Polar Research Institute