This article explores how the mobility of young people influences
their sense of place in different parts of the Russian Arctic.
In globalization studies increasing mobility has often been set in
to belonging to place, and interpreted as diminishing
local connections and ties. Recent studies show that the role of mobility
in shaping a sense of place is more complex. The Russian Arctic is
often considered a remote, hard-to-access area, despite the fact that
local residents have always been very mobile. We compare three
case studies from across the Russian Arctic—namely, the Central
Murmansk region, the Central Kolyma, and Eastern Taimyr—showing
how mobility shapes differently young residents’ sense of place.
These regions have a different population structure (urban / rural,
polyethnic / monoethnic) and different transportation infrastructure,
thus providing a good ground for comparing the relationships between
mobility and a sense of place in the Russian Arctic.