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AbstractSince the end of socialism in Mongolia, migration processes have dramatically increased. The lack of investment in the rural infrastructures and the repetition of zud have pushed the most vulnerable herders towards the capital Ulaanbaatar and its outskirts. They encounter tremendous...
AbstractThis article provides an extended case study of an elder’s journey back to his homeland in Hovd Province after years of absence. The hazards of life mingled with lingering resentment have weakened the ties to the homeland and generate distance from his relatives so much that the return...
AbstractWhy would anyone want to travel fast? This paper places local evaluations of velocity in the context of purpose, distinguishing between the excursion of the hunter, the perpetual annual circuit of the reindeer herder and the one-off journey. Reindeer hooves and sledge runners enhance...
AbstractWhile Henri Lefebvre used his rhythmanalysis for analysing urban spaces and the effects of those rhythms on the inhabitants of those spaces, I attempt to apply it to a more rural and non-European environment, the comparatively small and familiar space of a Mongolian nutag. Case studies...
AbstractFor Indigenous Soyot herder-hunters of the Eastern Sayan Mountains in western Buryatia, maintaining a sustainable multispecies encampment is a matter of pacing the individual rhythms of the species belonging to it. Domestication in this context is not a matter of human control but of...
AbstractUsing ethnographic materials collected in 2008 and 2009 in a distant and isolated village in East Siberia, this article shows how slow and distorted connections contribute to the development of a specific eco-biopolitical space that can be likened to a spaceship physically disconnected...
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