Mobility and Sense of Place among Russian Arctic Youth

Lead Author Alla, Bolotova
Institution Contact European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Co-Authors Valeria Vassilyeva, European University at Saint-Petersburg; Anastasia Karaseva, European University at Saint-Petersburg
Theme Theme 2: Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
Session Name 2.3 Current infrastructural Challenges, extreme weather and natural hazards and the effects on northern communities
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text In this joint paper we analyse how mobility of youth influences on their sense of place in different parts of the Russian Arctic. The relation between mobility and sense of place has been studied for more than two decades within the globalization framework. In these studies, increasing mobility has been often seen in opposition to people’s belonging to place, diminishing of local connections and bonds (Giddens 1990; Castells 1996; Bauman 2000, Appadurai 2003). Recent studies show the relation being not so straight and mobility having its part in shaping sense of place (e.g. Fallov, Jorgensen, Knudsen 2013, Milbourne 2014).
The Russian Arctic is often described as a remote area hard to access, though the local population here has always been very mobile and transport connectivity differs significantly in various parts of it. In our paper we analyse fieldwork materials from 3 diverse case studies with an aim to show the differences in the ways of how mobility is shaping sense of place for young inhabitants in these regions. Three Russian Arctic regions, namely Murmansk region, Central Kolyma (Magadan region) and Eastern Taimyr, differ in terms of population (urban/rural, polyethnic/monoethnic) and access to transport infrastructure and thus provide good examples for comparing the relation between mobility and sense of place among Russian Arctic youth.
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