Identity and Ecology in Arctic Siberia: The Number One Reindeer Brigade

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Evenki (Asian people) - 253 pages
This is a first-hand account of a reindeer-herding collective in the remote Taimyr peninsula of Siberia. The author gives an intimate description of the day-to-day lives of a little-known group of Evenkis as they face both economic and ecological challenges. His book therefore fills a gap inour understanding of the historical and political dynamics of northern Asia, and traces the changes caused in the region by the formation of, and the recent break-up of, the Soviet Union. It also addresses wider questions of ecological theory, nationalism, and the formation of identity. ProfessorAnderson's idea of 'nationality inflation' provides a valuable new perspective on these topics. He shows how the Soviet state contributed to this 'inflation' through its creation of 'authorized identities' and suggests how identity policy and the discourse it generated became a powerful historicalforce integrating the social dynamics of economy, politics, and culture.

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Evenkis in the Lower Yenisei valley
The Number One Reindeer Brigade
Feeding the Village

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David G. Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta.

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