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Israeli Theater for Youth

Performing History of Mizrahi Jews

Naphtaly Shem-Tov

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This article examines Mizrahi theater artists who portray the little-known history of Middle Eastern Jews to Israeli youth, focusing on two productions: Palms and Dreams (1983) and Scapegoat (1987), both of which are based on well-known novels about the immigration of Iraqi Jews to Israel. In ‘performing history,’ these plays shape an assertive Mizrahi image and a Mizrahi historical narrative that contests the Orientalism of the Israeli education system. In addition, although both plays convey the Mizrahi narrative to a youth audience, compared to similar plays aimed at adults, they are conservative in their adherence to the conventional Zionist narrative.

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It Begins and Ends with an Image

Reflections on Life/Death across Autobiography and Visual Culture

Paolo S. H. Favero

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A three-act session of storytelling, this visual essay explores the connection between photographs (and images at large) and death. A piece of authobiography, it follows the intimate journey of the author accompanying his father's departure first and his own grief later. The article positions photographs as objects that are more than mere representations. They are living things that accompany us during our lives. And photography, the author suggests by looking at photographs taken by himself, is a way for opening up time and acknowledging the present. Photographs are capable of bridging the gap between life and death.

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‘Keeping Up with Myself’

Ethnography of a Young Adult Woman in Post-Transitional Croatia

Lana Peternel and Ana Maskalan

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This article employs an anthropology ‘at-home’ approach to discuss dimensions of social and cultural changes amongst women in post-transitional societies. By applying person-centred ethnography, we aim to provide rich insights into the socio-cultural context and individual development of a young woman in Croatia. We examine how a young woman reasons about what kind of a person she is and wants to become by comparing the different sets of basic values that she ascribes to her emancipatory efforts, with a focus on how she juxtaposes ‘traditional family roles’ and ‘feminist values’. The article thus describes how this woman (Jadranka) experiences life challenges and shapes social values in her everyday cultural settings.

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Livestock Dung Use in Steppe Pastoralism

Renewable Resources, Care, and Respect for Sentient Nonhumans

Victoria Soyan Peemot

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This article studies the use of livestock dung in the social and ecological context of pastoralism in the Tyva Republic, Inner Asia. In steppe ecologies, livestock dung, depending on its (mis)management, can be a valuable resource or a threat to animals’ health and herders’ well-being. Its use is embedded in the relationships between herder-livestock communities and landscapes, which are sentient and superordinate. Utilizing dung for household needs is simultaneously a form of care for livestock and a method of balancing the relationship with sentient homelands.

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On, In, and Within a Place

Six Modes of Operation in Israeli Conceptual Art and Landscape Architecture in the 1970s

Efrat Hildesheim, Tal Alon-Mozes, and Eran Neuman

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This article examines six modes of operation on, in, and within a place in Israeli conceptual art and landscape architecture. These modes—action-in-place; intervention; place-making; representation; readymade; and second-nature—maintain landscape architecture's conception of a genius loci, the spirit of the place. They also attend to place as a new and critical means of operation in the 1970s emerging field of conceptual art. This article explores diverse attitudes and motivations for operating with/in place, as it became a fundamental issue in the international arena in the 1970s, in relation to Israeli cultural, political, social, and environmental concerns. In the context of the period's sociopolitical turmoil and ideological controversy, the article's two focal points—the six-mode perspective and the disciplines’ attitude toward place—complement each other and attend to the manifold aspects of place (ha-Makom) in Israel, while highlighting its intricacy.

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Promoting participative policy coherence for sustainable development

Inclusive dialogue through the “pull-push-match” methodology

Harlan Koff, Mariana Villada Canela, Carmen Maganda, Octavio Pérez-Maqueo, Ma. Xóchitl Molina González, Jesús Arturo González Herrera, Diego Porras, Sherie Rae Simms, Oscar Sotelo, María del Rosario Morales Ramírez, María del Socorro Aguilar Cucurachi, Maria del Socorro Lara-López, Julia Ros-Cuéllar, Antony Challenger, and Rafael Aguilar Orea

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Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) has promoted sustainability through policy coordination, but to what extent does it respond to the needs of local communities? Scholars of PCSD have acknowledged how it has been considered as an end in itself rather than a means to achieve normative impact. A major limit of PCSD has been its institutionalized nature, as mechanisms for social participation have not been highlighted in implementation strategies. This article addresses this issue. It proposes “pull-push-match” as a methodology for the establishment of participative PCSD. The article, co-authored by a team of researchers and practitioners from Mexico, addresses PCSD in relation to Indigenous communities.

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La Coherencia de Políticas para el Desarrollo Sostenible (CPDS) ha promovido la sostenibilidad mediante la coordinación de políticas, pero ¿en qué medida responde a las necesidades de las comunidades locales? Los estudiosos de la CPDS han reconocido que ésta se ha considerado un fin en sí misma más que un medio para lograr un impacto normativo. Uno de los principales límites del CPDS ha sido su carácter institucionalizado, ya que los mecanismos de participación social no se han destacado en las estrategias de implementación. Este artículo aborda esta cuestión. Propone el “pull-push-match” como metodología para establecer un CPDS participativo. El artículo, elaborado por un equipo de investigadores y profesionales de México, aborda la CPDS en relación con las comunidades indígenas.

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La cohérence des politiques de développement durable (CPDD) favorise la durabilité par la coordination des politiques, mais dans quelle mesure répond-elle aux besoins des communautés locales? Les chercheurs dans ce domaine ont montré que la CPDD est considérée comme une fin en soi plutôt que comme un moyen d'avoir un impact normatif. L'une des principales limites de la CPDD a été sa nature institutionnalisée, car les mécanismes de participation sociale n'ont pas été mis en évidence dans les stratégies de mise en œuvre. Cet article aborde la question et propose la méthode “pull-push-match” pour l'établissement d'une CPDD participative. Il est co-écrit par une équipe de chercheurs et de praticiens au Mexique et traite de la CPDD en relation avec les communautés indigènes.

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Igor Popov

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The development of the Arctic was an important political and economic topic of the Soviet Union. This urbanization activity declined dramatically in the economic and political chaos of the 1990s, although some positive transformations have been seen in the new millennium. This article examines whether the colonization of the Russian Arctic will follow Soviet-era plans or the region will remain scarcely populated in the near future. The history and methods of urbanization in the Russian Arctic have been analyzed in order to better shed light on this question.

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Angeliki Gazi, Markéta Slavková, Jelena Ćuković, and Agnieszka Halemba

Aleksandar Bošković (2021), William Robertson Smith (Oxford: Berghahn), 120 pp., Pbk $24.94. ISBN 781800731585, Hbk $145. ISBN 9781800731578.

Christiana Constantopoulou (ed) (2020), Crisis’ Representations: Frontiers and Identities in the Contemporary Media Narratives (Leiden: Brill), 190 pp., Ebk. $192 ISBN 9789004439559, Hbk. $192. ISBN 9789004439542.

Julie L. Drolet (ed) (2019), Rebuilding Lives Post-Disaster (New York: Oxford University Press), 263 pp., Pbk. $46.95 ISBN 9780190942199.

Eszter Krasznai Kovacs (ed) (2021), Politics and the Environment in Eastern Europe (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers), 344 pp., Hbk. $82. ISBN 9781800641334.

Ulrich Kasten and Grażyna Kubica (2021), Das Männerlager im Frauen-Kz Ravensbrück, sowie Lagerbriefe und die Biografie des Häftlings Janek Błaszczyk (Fürstenberg, Germany: Verlag der Kulturstiftung Sibirien), 184 pp. Pbk. €18. ISBN 9783942883726.

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Jenanne Ferguson

It is often challenging to find the strands that connect articles in a given issue of a small yet heavily interdisciplinary regional studies journal. Yet I often marvel at how certain themes emerge time and time again. This issue is random at first glance; the topics are individually diverse when compared, but it is mostly their perennially significant nature within our region that makes them similar. Therefore, in this first issue of Sibirica's twenty-first volume, I found that a theme of revisiting (and rethinking) came to the fore. The four articles included here all revisit key themes in Siberian studies—from human-animal interconnectedness and bear ceremonialism to state-instituted identity categories and urbanization—from fresh perspectives.

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Anna Mikhaylova and Vasilisa Gorochnaya

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The article focuses on the differences in the impact of urban agglomeration externalities on the development dynamics of different spatial zones of the region of Rostov, the tenth largest city of Russia, namely the agglomerative, contiguous, and remote. We also measure the divergence of the agglomeration itself, segregating the agglomerative municipalities into core, interjacent, and peripheral. We hypothesize that spatial proximity to the agglomeration core favors economic growth with a gradual decrease with the distance. The research results suggest that municipalities with an intermediate location – contiguous type, feature the worst indicator performance. These settlements are located not close enough to the agglomeration core to be attractive for pendulum labor migration and the location of enterprises and not far enough to develop an independent infrastructure system for economic development.

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El artículo se centra en las diferencias del impacto de las externalidades de aglomeración urbana en la dinámica de desarrollo de las distintas zonas espaciales de la región de Rostov (la décima ciudad más grande de Rusia): la aglomeración, la contigua y la remota. Medimos la divergencia de la aglomeración, segregando los municipios aglomerados en centrales, inter-contiguos y periféricos. Nuestra hipótesis es que la proximidad espacial al núcleo de aglomeración favorece el crecimiento económico disminuyendo gradualmente con la distancia. Los resultados sugieren que los municipios con una ubicación intermedia —tipo contiguo— presentan el peor rendimiento. Estos asentamientos no están situados lo suficientemente cerca del núcleo de aglomeración como para ser atractivos para la migración laboral pendular y establecimiento de empresas, ni se encuentran suficientemente lejos como para desarrollar un sistema de infraestructura independiente para el desarrollo económico.

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Cet article analyse les différences d'impact des externalités des agglomérations urbaines sur la dynamique de développement de différentes zones spatiales de la région de Rostov, la dixième ville de Russie en population : les agglomérations, les contiguës et les éloignées. Nous classons les municipalités agglomérées en trois catégories, centrales, intercalaires et périphériques, et émettons l'hypothèse que la proximité spatiale du noyau de l'agglomération favorise la croissance économique, avec une diminution progressive selon la distance. Nos résultats suggèrent que les municipalités ayant une localisation intermédiaire - de type contigu - présentent les pires performances en termes d'indicateurs. Elles ne sont pas assez proches du cœur de l'agglomération pour être attrayantes pour la migration pendulaire de la main-d'œuvre et la localisation des entreprises, et pas assez loin pour développer un système d'infrastructure indépendant pour le développement économique.