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Settlers on the Edge

Identity and Modernization on Russia's Arctic Frontier

Based on extensive research in the Arctic Russian region of Chukotka, Settlers on the Edge is the first English-language account of settler life anywhere in the circumpolar north to appear since Robert Paine's The White Arctic (1977), and the first to explore the experiences of Soviet-era migrants to the far north. Niobe Thompson describes the remarkable transformation of a population once dedicated to establishing colonial power on a northern frontier into a rooted community of locals now resisting a renewed colonial project. He also provides unique insights into the future of identity politics in the Arctic, the role of resource capital and the oligarchs in the Russian provinces, and the fundamental human questions of belonging and transience.

Endorsements

"Deeply researched and eloquently written, Settlers on the Edge shines light onto hitherto unexplored territory in the literature of the Arctic, namely the tortured birth and mercurial fortunes of Russia's large arctic settler population. Thompson reveals how the orphan children of a grand Soviet project to “civilize the North wrought from their post—Soviet misfortunes a new sense of themselves. The picture that emerges– of a people of the arctic landscape– makes an important and long—overdue contribution to our understanding of who belongs in the North."—Farley Mowat

"Niobe Thompson's pioneering and sophisticated work makes an original contribution to the ethnography of settler colonialists in the Russian Arctic, and more broadly, to the anthropological theories of migrant communities and identities."—Nikolai Ssorin—Chaikov, author of The Social Life of the State in Subarctic Siberia

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