[lg policy] New ethnography of speaking in Siberia

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 25 15:40:30 UTC 2011

Forwarded From:  LINGANTH at listserv.linguistlist.org

Dear Colleagues,

My book, Living with Koryak Traditions: Playing with Culture in
Siberia, has just been published with U Nebraska Press.
. Use this discount code to receive a 20% discount: 6AS11. The blurb
is below and Nebraska's website has a PDF of the first part of the
introduction. I did my best to write it in clear language accessible
for undergraduates, so please consider it for teaching this autumn.

best wishes,

(apologies for cross postings)

Living with Koryak Traditions
Playing with Culture in Siberia
Alexander D. King

What does it mean to be a traditional Koryak in the modern world? How
do indigenous Siberians express a culture that entails distinctive
customs and traditions? For decades these people, who live on the
Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Siberia, have been in the middle
of contradictory Soviet/Russian colonial policies that celebrate
cultural and ethnic difference across Russia yet seek to erase those
differences. Government institutions both impose state ideologies of
culture and civilization and are sites of community revitalization for
indigenous Siberians.

In Living with Koryak Traditions, Alexander D. King reveals that,
rather than having a single model of Koryak culture, Koryaks
themselves are engaged in deep debates and conversations about what
“culture” and “tradition” mean and how they are represented for native
peoples, both locally and globally. To most Koryaks, tradition does
not function simply as an identity marker but also helps to maintain
moral communities and support vulnerable youth in dire times.
Debunking an immutable view of tradition and culture, King presents a
dynamic one that validates contemporary indigenous peoples’ lived

Living with Koryak Traditions now available from Nebraska:


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com


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