The Adaptation of Young Rural Buryats to Ulan-Ude’s Urban and Educational Space 1 ANNA YUR’EVNA BUYANOVA Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Science email@example.com ABSTRACT This article explores the repercussions of the demographic changes currently taking place in Buryatia. In particular, it concerns the mass migration of young rural Buryats to Ulan-Ude, in search of a higher education and, eventually, better career prospects. In-depth interviews with a sample of Buryat university students areusedtorevealthechallengesruralincomersfaceinadaptingtourbanlife,and the differing strategies they use to overcome them.As these interviews show, the success of a rural Buryat’s university career depends on their capacity to change their behaviour and aspirations to fit urban cultural norms. Keywords: Buryat culture, Buryatia, Russian Federation, youth culture, urbanisation, education, identity INTRODUCTION E. Glendinning, in her research on the causes of youth migration in northern Scotland, notes their variety: the impossibility of following one’s chosen career path; a desire to see the world; the parochialism of village life; and the wish to take a step towards independence and ‘adulthood’. It is possible to note that these factors are characteristic to Siberia, and Buryatia in particular, as well as to northern Scotland. U. A. Vinokurova’s research into youth migration in
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Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: URBANISATION; IDENTITY; RUSSIAN FEDERATION; EDUCATION; BURYATIA; BURYAT CULTURE; YOUTH CULTURE
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