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Anthony Glendinning, Ol'ga Pak and Iurii V. Popkov

The study looks at young people's situations in small communities in Siberia against a backdrop of socioeconomic and rural-urban divides in post-Soviet Russia. Focusing on the end of compulsory schooling, the study looks at the fit between young people's accounts of their circumstances, aspirations for the future and feelings about themselves, as well as implications for mental well-being. A mixed-methods approach is adopted, including preliminary fieldwork, a large-scale survey (n approximately 700) and in-depth interviews (n approximately 90). Situations and well-being in rural areas and small towns in Novosibirskaia oblast' are compared with life in the city of Novosibirsk. There is stark segmentation by locality. In small communities, the household 'copes' along with the young person in shared goals and understandings and in aspiring to get 'an education' as a means to secure employment and a 'comfortable' life beyond subsistence. Most households locally share the same situations. Almost all imagine continuing their education and leaving their home communities, dependent on family resources and networks. Horizons are limited to towns in the region, or perhaps the city, seen as a place of possibilities but also risks. Beyond the rural household, the collectivity of peers represents another key resource in negotiating and maintaining self-worth. Neither individualism nor the reach of 'global' culture is evident. Young people are embedded in the 'local', but despite their situations and poor prospects, these do not affect their sense of themselves. If anything, profiles of mental well-being and, certainly, self-worth are better in rural communities compared to the city.

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Mobility and Infrastructure in the Russian Arctic

Das Sein bestimmt das Bewusstsein?

Nikolai Vakhtin

status (single, married, parents, how many children and of what age, etc.), as well as on individual characteristics of the person, but this seems to be only part of the story. Alla Bolotova, Anastassia Karaseva, and Valeria Vasilyeva show in their

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Regenerating Life in the Face of Predation

A Study of Mortuary Ritual as Sacrifice among the Siberian Chukchi

Jeanette Lykkegård and Rane Willerslev

suggest that ritual blood sacrifice may be seen in opposite terms as a way of protecting the sacrificial victim against violent forces and in so doing, safeguarding the well-being of the community as a whole. In this view, it becomes questionable whether

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Anatoly Sorokin

means of incorporation, the following relations can be expressed: (1) attributive relations (mal-uvikә-lˀi-ɣәm, mal – good, uvik – body, lˀә – living being, ɣәm – me, “Me, having good body,” “Well-built me”); (2) adverbial relations (ɣa-mal-jilqa-lin, ɣa

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Mordechai Kremnitzer and Shiri Krebs

Democracy is not just about free and fair elections. It requires at least some minimal substantial guarantees, such as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, that formulate and enable free choice of autonomous and equal agents. These notions are well founded in Israeli constitutional law, but in recent years it seems that this basic understanding of the democratic process is weakening, especially as reflected in the actions of the Knesset. Several recent examples of Knesset legislation processes suggest that Israeli democratic culture is being eroded, as some of democracy’s fundamental notions are abandoned in favor of national-chauvinism and intolerance.

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Abraham Mansbach

This article discusses the form in which the “I-We“ relationship is configured in Israel, in terms of its intersection with democracy. It argues that what is usually considered as a sine qua non for a robust democracy, namely, an agonistic tension between the “I,“ that is our individual uniqueness, privacy, and personal liberty, and the “We,“ that is our collective liberty and autonomy, is absent from Israeli society. Moreover, when we examine the distribution, consumption, use, and negotiation of power in the sphere of everyday life in Israel, we find that “the military,“ its discourse, and its practices suffuse precisely those spaces where the social fabric as well as identities are being shaped. The conclusion is that the Israeli society is actually drifting away from democracy in an increasingly oppressive erasure of personal identity claims, as well as of their discourse and praxis.

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Threats to Academic Freedom

might not be allowed to enter Israel. We do not monitor the political views of our members, but we consider it a serious threat if any of them face the possibility of not being allowed to enter the country, especially for our 2019 annual meeting, which

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Stephan Dudeck

contains his political manifesto as well as his reflections on being mortally ill with cancer. The dreamed metamorphosis into a bear can be read as a vision of his own death written almost exactly one year before he actually died. Khanty use the euphemism

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Valeria V. Vasilyeva

provided an excellent opportunity to see the breadth and depth of research being carried out within the field of Arctic social studies, as well as highlighting the diversity of research topics in Siberia. One can conclude that this conference has already

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Family on the Edge

Neblagopoluchnaia Family and the State in Yakutsk and Magadan, Russian Federation

Lena Sidorova and Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

This article is about a category of family, or parent(s), called in Russia neblagopoluchnaia and the ways in which the state child welfare agents reproduce and use this category in an attempt to ensure the well-being of children in Yakutsk