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An Ethnography of Change in Northeastern Siberia: Whither an Interdisciplinary Role?

Susan A. Crate

Keywords: CLIMATE CHANGE; ETHNOGRAPHY; GLOBALIZATION; INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION; POST-SOVIET RUSSIA; VILIUI SAKHA

Abstract

Using longitudinal ethnographic material, anthropologists are skilled to discern how change, in its many forms, interacts with the livelihoods of affected communities. Furthermore, multi-sited ethnography can show how local change is both a result of global to local phenomena and of origins affecting similar local contexts. Ethnographic material is therefore critical to interdisciplinary understandings of change. Through case study in native villages in north-eastern Siberia, Russia, this article argues for ethnography's unique capacity to understand change. In addition, it argues for ethnography's much-needed contribution in interdisciplinary efforts to account for attributes of global change both highly local and human.

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