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Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North
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Contents

Note on transliteration

ix

Note on translations

x

Notes on Contributors

xi

Preface

xv

1.

Introduction: Studying Lifestyle in Russia

1

Joachim Otto Habeck

Outline of the book

2

The concept of lifestyle in sociological and anthropological literature

5

Towards research on lifestyle in Siberia: some remarks on the regional context

17

The concept of lifestyle in Russian social science literature

21

First insights obtained in the course of the research project

27

References

29

2.

Implications of Infrastructure and Technological Change for Lifestyles in Siberia

35

Dennis Zuev and Joachim Otto Habeck

Major infrastructural and related social changes during the last three decades

36

Entering the post-Soviet 1990s: personal experiences

38

Movement, telecommunication, and lifestyle in peripheral settings

42

Overview of field sites

48

Means of transportation

58

Telecommunication, media, social networks, and photography

80

Conclusion

92

References

95

3.

Lifestyle and Creative Engagement with Rural Space in Northwest Russia

105

Masha Shaw (née Maria Nakhshina)

Kitchen table talk as a research tool

109

(Dis-)empowered by the state: lifestyles of (im)mobility

111

Life histories over “liquidation” of time

116

Conclusion: lifestyle as a creative engagement with place

125

References

127

4.

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

131

Luděk Brož and Joachim Otto Habeck

Tourism and holiday-making during late socialism

133

Precursors and “noble causes” of socialist holiday worlds

140

Divergent travel biographies in the first post-Soviet decade

146

Growth of the Siberian tourist industry in the 2000s

150

New directions and motivations: post-socialist holiday worlds

154

Final thoughts on the future of tourism to, from, and within Siberia

160

References

162

5.

Spatial Imaginaries and Personal Topographies in Siberian Life Stories: Analysing Movement and Place in Biographical Narratives

167

Joseph J. Long

Mobility, geography, and topography

168

Narratives, images, and the spatial imaginary

170

Changing spatial imaginaries and possibilities for travel

172

Institutionalised rites of passage in travel biographies

175

Narratives of discovery

178

Movement that anchors: roots and rodina in personal topographies

179

Visualising social encounters

181

Movement as lifestyle

184

Conclusion

187

References

189

6.

Something like Happiness: Home Photography in the Inquiry of Lifestyles

191

Jaroslava Panáková

On the notion of happiness

192

Photo elicitation interviews

196

Modernity the Siberian way

206

Home photography in Siberia

208

Biographical narratives: consistencies and ruptures

213

“Collective and individual”

215

“Reading” the narratives along the photographs

218

“Significant other”

234

Portraits of self

236

Conclusion

244

References

249

7.

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

257

Eleanor Peers

Lifestyle, Aesthetics, and Identity Politics in Sakha (Yakutia)

259

Soviet policy, kul’tura, and lifestyle

275

Kul’tura and the emergence of ethnicity

284

Conclusion: Soviet aesthetics and the Yhyakh

288

References

290

8.

Ethnicity on the Move: National-Cultural Organisations in Siberia

295

Artem Rabogoshvili

Ethnic diversity in the Baikal region

296

Ethnic activism and lifestyle: paradigms of research

298

Divides and disparities among ethnic activists in Siberia

301

Original home and mobility

305

New home and visual self-presentation

314

Conclusion

325

References

328

9.

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

331

Ina Schröder

Shared sensibilities: taking charge of local youth

333

Summer camp as a lifestyle

336

Play and self-cultivation

339

Indigenisation of Zarnitsa: retrieving one’s ancestral memory

342

Gender norms, roles, and experiences in the role-playing game

348

Conclusion

360

References

362

10.

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

365

Tatiana Barchunova and Joachim Otto Habeck

Live-action role-playing (LARP) in Siberia today

366

The concept of lifestyle and its relevance to taste, play, and game

368

LARP as practice: separation and mixture of game and reality

371

LARP and lifestyle: casual, regular, and total larpers

384

Conclusion

393

References

396

11.

Conclusions

399

Joachim Otto Habeck

Beyond 2011: an update on social and cultural shifts in Russia

400

Lifestyle, habits of travelling, and visual forms of self-presentation

412

Reassessing the concept of lifestyle

423

Lifestyle and modernity in post-Soviet Russia

425

References

430

Appendix: On Research Design and Methods

435

Joachim Otto Habeck and Jaroslava Panáková

References

448

List of Illustrations

451

Index

457