New Mobilities and Social Changes in Russia's Arctic Regions: 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

New Mobilities and Social Changes in Russia's Arctic Regions

1st Edition

Edited by Marlene Laruelle


216 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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This book provides the first in-depth, multidisciplinary study of re-urbanization in Russia’s Arctic regions, with a specific focus on new mobility patterns, and the resulting birth of new urban Arctic identities in which newcomers and labor migrants form a rising part of. It is an invaluable reference for all those interested in current trends in circumpolar regions, showing how the Arctic region is becoming more diverse culturally, but also more integrated into globalized trends in terms of economic development, urban sustainability and migration.


"The book is an excellent piece of collective work and a must read for all those concerned with or interested in Arctic societies. By bringing forward complexity, dynamics and contradictions of northern mobilities, the book has a potential to mobilise new social research in the Russian Arctic and beyond."

Andrey N. Petrov, Director, ARCTICenter and Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction (Marlene Laruelle)

Part I: An Evolving Demographic, Political, and Economic Context

1. Depopulation of Russia’s Asian North and the Impact on Political Development (Nikolay Petrov)

2. Shaping Russia’s New Arctic: The Union of Cities in the Arctic and the High North (Genevieve Parente)

3. Reluctant Entrepreneurs of the Russian Far North (Aimar Ventsel)

Part II: New Mobility Patterns

4. Migration Cycles, Social Capital, and Networks: A New Way to Look at Arctic Mobility (Nadezhda Zamyatina and Alexey Yashunsky)

5. Infinite Travel: The Impact of Labor Conditions on Mobility Potential in the Northern Russian Petroleum Industry (Gertrude Saxinger)

6. The Urbanization of Indigenous Peoples of Northeastern Siberia (Vera Kuklina and Natalia Krasnoshtanova)

Part III: A Growing Multiculturalism

7. Social Dynamics and Sustainability of BAM Communities: Migration, Competition for Resources, and Intergroup Relations (Olga Povoroznyuk)

8. Murmansk: A City’s Soviet Identity and its Transforming Diversity (Marlene Laruelle, Sophie Hohmann, and Alexandra Burtsveva)

9. Ugra, the Dagestani North: An Anthropology of Mobility Between the North Caucasus and Western Siberia (Denis Sokolov)



About the Editor

Marlene Laruelle is Associate Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) and Research Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Polar Regions

The Routledge series in Polar Regions seeks to include research and policy debates about trends and events taking place in two important world regions, the Arctic and Antarctic. Previously neglected periphery regions, with climate change, resource development, and shifting geopolitics, these regions are becoming increasingly crucial to happenings outside these regions. At the same time, the economies, societies, and natural environments of the Arctic are undergoing rapid change. This new series seeks to draw upon fieldwork, satellite observations, archival studies, and other research methods which inform about crucial developments in the Polar regions. The series is interdisciplinary drawing on the work of anthropologists, geographers, economists, political scientists, botanists, climatologists, GIS and geospatial techniques specialists, oceanographers, earth scientists, biologists, historians, engineers, and many others. Topics within any of these disciplines or multidisciplinary research combining several disciplines are sought. They can focus on one region in the Arctic or Antarctic or all of either Polar region or both. The emphasis in the series is on linking cutting edge research in the Polar regions with the policy implications of the research findings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography