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Book review: Narrating the Future in Siberia. Childhood, Adolescence and Autobiography among the Eveny , written by Olga Ulturgasheva

Book review: Narrating the Future in Siberia. Childhood, Adolescence and Autobiography among the... Narrating the Future in Siberia. Childhood, Adolescence and Autobiography among the Eveny. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books. 2012. 191 pp. Hardback $70.00/£43.00. isbn : 978-0-85745-766-0 Olga Ulturgasheva’s book Narrating the Future in Siberia is the kind of work into which you dive back repeatedly with delight. Many strands are woven throughout the chapters and beautifully disentangled in a conclusive part (chapter 7). Reading this book makes you ready to face anyone who would dare say that anthropologists do not like children, and are unable to engage in fruitful debates with developmental psychologists and various so-called ‘experts’ on childhood. The range of literature mastered in this book is astounding. Given this profusion, a review can only be partial. In this lively and sensible monograph, Ulturgasheva shares with her readers the outcome of two research stays carried out in the Eveny village of Topolinoye and in the surrounding forests in central Yakutia, the place where she grew up. Despite her effort to provide locals with a clear view of what she wanted to study—children’s and adolescents’ perspectives about their own future in a time constantly described as hopeless—the first time she went back there in 2003–2004, her return was understood http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Book review: Narrating the Future in Siberia. Childhood, Adolescence and Autobiography among the Eveny , written by Olga Ulturgasheva

Inner Asia , Volume 16 (1): 212 – Aug 19, 2014

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Narrating the Future in Siberia. Childhood, Adolescence and Autobiography among the Eveny. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books. 2012. 191 pp. Hardback $70.00/£43.00. isbn : 978-0-85745-766-0 Olga Ulturgasheva’s book Narrating the Future in Siberia is the kind of work into which you dive back repeatedly with delight. Many strands are woven throughout the chapters and beautifully disentangled in a conclusive part (chapter 7). Reading this book makes you ready to face anyone who would dare say that anthropologists do not like children, and are unable to engage in fruitful debates with developmental psychologists and various so-called ‘experts’ on childhood. The range of literature mastered in this book is astounding. Given this profusion, a review can only be partial. In this lively and sensible monograph, Ulturgasheva shares with her readers the outcome of two research stays carried out in the Eveny village of Topolinoye and in the surrounding forests in central Yakutia, the place where she grew up. Despite her effort to provide locals with a clear view of what she wanted to study—children’s and adolescents’ perspectives about their own future in a time constantly described as hopeless—the first time she went back there in 2003–2004, her return was understood

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Published: Aug 19, 2014

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