This special issue approaches the interrelated themes of
mobility and infrastructure in the Russian Arctic. I will discuss the general
topics covered in this set of articles and how these contributions
help us understand the lives of people in northern Siberia today, and
I will give some context on how these articles came about in the first
place. Does being determine consciousness? Or does consciousness
determine being? This special issue looks at the complex interplay
between people’s perception of well-being and behavior, and their
understanding and discourse around infrastructure. Several case
studies examine the tension between perception, mobility, and infrastructure
in communities across the Russian Arctic.
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