This article analyzes the Gulag memoirs of four women political prisoners—Olga Adamova-Sliozberg, Liudmila Miklashevskaya, Nadezhda Joffe, and Valentina Grigorievna levleva-Pavlenko—to examine the interplay of motherhood and survival. Each was a mother of small children sentenced to forced labor camps in the northern polar regions of the Soviet Union. Motherhood played a complex role in their survival. The rupture in family relations, particularly the separation from their children, magnified the psychological and emotional stress of their incarceration. Yet, being a mother in the camps provided a compelling motivation to stay alive. It helped them to sustain a sense of normalcy by connecting them to their former lives and to the family unit that represented stability and sustenance amid the bleakness of their Gulag existence.
Withheld Stories and the Limits of Ethnographic Knowability
How to write about survival? How to tell survival? By exploring manifold reasons to withhold a story, I shed light on the limits of ethnographic knowledge production and the politics of storytelling that mobilize one story and silence another. Through engaging with the fragmented narrative of a Moroccan survivor of a shipwreck in Spanish waters in 2003, I reconceptualize the movement called “migration as survival” by theorizing it as an ethnographic concept. I explore the different temporalities of survival as living through a life-threatening event and as living on in an unjust world. These interrelated temporalities of survival are embedded in the afterlife of the historical time of al-Andalus and the resurgent fear of the Muslim “Other.” By suggesting an existentially informed political understanding of the survival story, I show how the singularity of the survivor is inscribed in a regime of mobility that constrains people and their stories.
Survival of the Fittest
The article undertakes a reconstruction of the invention and early discussions (from 1850 to 1870) of the metaphor survival of the fittest. It shows that the metaphor has been established at the intersection of two different formations: first, the classical paradigm of oeconomia naturae and the modern paradigm of evolutionary theory, and secondly in the tense atmosphere of different theoretical disciplines. Because of its impure origin and the inseparability of its social, political, and biological layers of meaning, the history of this metaphor must be written as an interdisciplinary history.
Women's Experience of the Holodomor, 1932–1933
Although the tragedy of the Holodomor (the Great Famine) of 1932 and 1933 figures prominently in public discourse and historical scholarship in Ukraine today, its gender dimension has not yet been examined. This article is based on an analysis of personal narratives of female survivors of the Holodomor, collected and published in Ukraine since the 1990s until now. It focuses on the peculiarities of women's experience of the Holodomor and explores women's strategies of resistance and survival in the harsh circumstances of genocide. It exposes a spectrum of women's agency at the grassroots and illuminates controversies around women's ways of coping with starvation. The article also discusses the methodological challenges and ethical issues faced by a Ukrainian female scholar studying women's experiences of famine.
Translator : Tatiana Argounova-Low
sense of rootedness to the region, all of which assisted in their survival. The image of the Siberian has emerged in harmony with nature in this area; the paradoxes of spontaneity and inertia, openness and surreptitiousness, extroversion and composure
Exploring the Sensorial Embodiment of Class
Camilla Hoffmann Merrild, Peter Vedsted and Rikke Sand Andersen
social gradient in cancer stage and one-year survival among socially deprived compared with affluent Danish populations ( Dalton et al. 2008 ), which may indicate social differences in how and when healthcare is sought. The current public health rhetoric
Congolese Refugees Seeking Cosmological Continuity in Urban Asylum
with poisoning are not understood by Congolese refugees simply in terms of physiological survival. Instead, they relate to their sense of existential continuity—the capability, as I was told by one informant, to “make a life” in protracted asylum. I
Indigenous Relations against Pipelines
/destructive and embedded in a capitalist system that is fundamentally at odds with the cycles and systems that make Indigenous survival possible. Infrastructure vis-à-vis Settler Colonialism How, then, can an anthropology of infrastructure address the radical
survival of Basque culture, which they felt was being threatened by, besides the policies of the Franco regime, the social and cultural changes in the composition of the Basque Country caused by the population shift. In this sense, an examination of the
The Alternative for Germany and the Working Class
continued, “can only be preserved, if the required financial solidarity is generated within a clearly defined and limited community.” 51 Linking the survival of both the nation and welfare state to one another, the AfD asserted that “[a] dissolution of the