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Youth and 'The Movement' – Social Life in a Rural District of Buryatia

Youth and 'The Movement' – Social Life in a Rural District of Buryatia <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This article describes the development of criminal youth networks in rural Buryatia, Eastern Siberia. As it shows, the criminal gangs emerging out of the state collapse in the 1990s have colonised entire villages: a movement originally offering escape from a harsh economic environment has acquired the power to dictate the social reality of the regions it occupies. This piece also investigates the extent to which the practices mediating power relations within these criminal networks generate a distinct subculture, using Huizinga's analysis of culture as a 'game', which has to be 'played out' according to mutually understood conventions and norms.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Youth and 'The Movement' – Social Life in a Rural District of Buryatia

Inner Asia , Volume 11 (1): 83 – Jan 1, 2009

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1464-8172
eISSN
2210-5018
DOI
10.1163/000000009793066587
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This article describes the development of criminal youth networks in rural Buryatia, Eastern Siberia. As it shows, the criminal gangs emerging out of the state collapse in the 1990s have colonised entire villages: a movement originally offering escape from a harsh economic environment has acquired the power to dictate the social reality of the regions it occupies. This piece also investigates the extent to which the practices mediating power relations within these criminal networks generate a distinct subculture, using Huizinga's analysis of culture as a 'game', which has to be 'played out' according to mutually understood conventions and norms.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Inner AsiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: CRIMINALITY; SUBCULTURE; YOUTH CULTURE; RURAL LIFE; POST-SOVIET BURYATIA; POWER; RELATIONS

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