Postsocialisms in the Russian North

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, November 8-9, 2000
Conference convened by Erich Kasten

Edited volume: People and the Land 
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While much has been written on post-Soviet change in Russian urban centres, we still know very little about how these changes have affected peoples' lives in rural communities. This is nowhere more true than in the vast regions of Siberia and the North. This conference fills the gap with in-depth studies of how people with different cultural  backgrounds, often living in extreme natural environments, are coping with dramatic and rapid political and economic transformations. It shows how the fate of postsocialist reforms in the Russian North depends largely on striking the right balance between exploitation of the region's strategic natural resources and concern for environmental impacts and the survival of local people. The contributors, among them many of the leading scholars of the Russian North, place their accounts within the context of wider, comparative enquiries into the nature of postsocialist societies.