Persistence and Disappearance of Traditional Patrilocality

Matrimonial Strategies and Postnuptial Residence Patterns in Two Eastern Siberian Communities of the Twenty-First Century

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  • 1 BABEL Laboratory
  • | 2 Independent Scholar
  • | 3 M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University
  • | 4 M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University
  • | 5 Yakut Scientific Centre for Complex Medical Problems
  • | 6 University of Toulouse
  • | 7 M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University
  • | 8 University of Strasbourg
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This article describes current matrimonial strategies and residence patterns in two communities in the Sakha Republic. In Tolon, a rural settlement in central Sakha, community exogamy is predominant and patrilocality is detectable in postnuptial residence patterns. In the sub-Arctic town of Khonuu no gendered residence patterns are observed. Khonuu has an airport and serves as a regional capital. In Khonuu matrimonial decisions follow the immigration of men and couples rather than traditional strategies connected with horse- and cattle-based subsistence. This article discusses the possible biological, historical, and cultural reasons that explain the observance or lack of observance of traditional marriage in the contemporary Sakha Republic.


Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies


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