Joachim Otto Habeck

Joachim Otto Habeck
University of Hamburg | UHH · Institut für Ethnologie

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April 2014 - present
University of Hamburg
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  • Professor (Full)
April 2014 - present
University of Hamburg
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  • Professor (Full)
February 2003 - April 2014
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
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  • Coordinator, Siberian Studies Centre
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  • Coordinator

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Publications (63)
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Official reindeer herding statistics are an invaluable source of data for both social and natural scientists wishing to understand and model ecological systems in the Arctic. However, as with all official statistics, reindeer herding statistics are subject to certain distortions emerging from the way they are collected and processed as well as from...
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Among the characteristic features of the post-Soviet period, there are changes in the demarcation of personal space and the means of expressing individual status as compared to Soviet times. This can be most clearly discerned in the city's built environment. In this study, the authors discuss these processes on the example of Yakutsk.
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Permafrost and Culture Action Group Report within the the news bulletin of the International Permafrost Association; www.permafrost.org
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Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North breaks new ground by exploring the concept of lifestyle from a distinctly anthropological perspective. Showcasing the collective work of ten experienced scholars in the field, the book goes beyond concepts of tradition that have often been the focus of previous research, to explain how political, economic...
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This book is an attempt to understand the impact of global warming on human societies in the Arctic/North in terms of the local peoples and cultures, or from the indigenous perspectives, by focusing on the peoples living in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation. Different lifestyles exist in the modern Arctic: the indigenous peo...
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Hans Findeisen (1903−1968) war ein in Berlin geborener und lange dort ansässiger Ethnologe, dessen Biographie bisher nur unvollständig und teilweise widersprüchlich dokumentiert ist. Es sind gerade die dunklen Momente seiner Karriere, die uns einige zentrale Probleme des ethnographischen Arbeitens und der akademischen Gepflogenheiten im Deutschland...
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Hans Findeisen (1903-1968) war ein in Berlin geborener und lange dort ansässiger Ethnologe, dessen Biographie bisher nur unvollständig und teilweise widersprüchlich dokumentiert ist. Es sind gerade die dunklen Momente seiner Karriere, die uns einige zentrale Probleme des ethnographischen Arbeitens und der akademischen Gepflogenheiten im Deutschland...
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In this paper, ethnographic material on the Komi reindeer herders of eastern Bolshezemelskaya tundra and the Nenets reindeer herders of southern Gydan Peninsula is used to show how soil processes, which take place in the cryolithozone, can affect the life and economic practices of reindeer herding groups. It is demonstrated that such an impact can...
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Permafrost occupies 20 million square kilometres of Earth’s high-latitude and high-altitude landscapes. These regions are sensitive to climate change and human activities; hence, permafrost research is of considerable scientific and societal importance. However, the results of this research are generally not known by the general public. Communicati...
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Vladislava VLADIMIROVA & J. Otto HABECK Introduction: feminist approaches and the study of gender in Arctic social sciences This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Polar Geography, 41(3): 145–163, on 14 August 2018, available online at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1088937X.2018.1496368?tab=permis...
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Notwithstanding the gradual intensification of contacts across the different parts of the circumpolar North, research on gender in the Arctic is still a fragmented field–not the least because of language barriers. The four cases presented here, all from the Far North of Russia, are intended to complement research on gender in North America and the...
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In a context of scientific and public debates on permafrost degradation under global climate change, this article provides an integrated review and analysis of environmental and socio-economic trends in a subarctic region. It focuses on Sakha (Yakut) animal husbandry as an example of indigenous land use. Within Sakha-Yakutia’s boreal forests, anima...
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Segregation, exclusion and partitioning of urban space are widely discussed in social sciences. Thus far, however, remarkably few studies have addressed micro-practices of dividing space. This article explores such practices in private and public spaces of a post-socialist city. It sets the focus on fences as a particular structuring element of urb...
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Permafrost is an integral part of the environmental conditions that frame indigenous peoples' livelihoods in many parts of the circumpolar region. On the basis of their long-term ethnographic field researches, the authors describe the various ways in which permafrost dynamics influence the lives and economic activities of two groups of reindeer-her...
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Even though hangover is a widespread phenomenon in many societies, it has received very scant systematic attention in social sciences. This article is based on publications from different disciplines (medicine, cultural history, social anthropology, sociology, etc.), my own observations, and interviews with fellow social anthropologists. After a ge...
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This introduction opens a special section on emotional and experiential aspects of travel in Northern and Siberian landscapes. Conventional representations of the Arctic as a frontier have foregrounded the difficulties and risks of travel. The collection of articles presented here serves to complement this perspective, exploring both negative and p...
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PLEASE TRY FREE DOWNLOAD: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/dKSxfPYugYUh9X83myyM/full On summer Fridays, hundreds of people from Novosibirsk, Siberia undertake an eight-hour drive to the Altai Mountains only to drive back on Sunday. Rather than mountaineering, many of these tourists spend their time there relaxing in a sauna or preparing barbecue,...
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Kultur ist in Russland nicht nur ein abstraktes gesellschaftliches Ideal - Kultur soll am eigenen Leib erfahren und durch gemeinsame Choreographien zur Aufführung gebracht werden. Kulturhäuser sind Orte hoheitlich verordneter Ästhetik ebenso wie Bühnen der künstlerischen »Arbeit an sich selbst«. Dieses Buch veranschaulicht, wie die staatlich orches...
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This volume is devoted to aspects of space that have thus far been largely unexplored. How space is perceived and cognised has been discussed from different stances, but there are few analyses of nomadic approaches to spatiality. Nor is there a sufficient number of studies on indigenous interpretations of space, despite the importance of territory...
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Introduction to a Theme Block in Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie on Space, Consumption and Identity in Postsocialist Countries ("Prostranstvo, potreblenie i identichnosti v postsotsialisticheskikh stranakh")
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Nomadism was widely perceived as a developmental problem by state administrators in the XX century, in capitalist as well as socialist countries. This article examines the strategies and effects of seden-Tarization policies in the forest (taiga) zone of the Soviet Union in the 1940s and 1950s. The different aspects of the state's sedentarization ca...
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Nomaden scheinen aus unserem Alltag fast vollständig verschwunden zu sein. Doch die Abhängigkeit von Mobilität, die Bewältigung finanzieller Unsicherheiten sowie der ausgewogene Umgang mit unserer Umwelt fordern alle, auch ›moderne‹ Gesellschaften heraus. In der Wahrnehmung von Sesshaften verkörpern Nomaden und andere Mobile bis heute allerdings of...
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Notions of culture, rituals and their meanings, the workings of ideology in everyday life, public representations of tradition and ethnicity, and the social consequences of economic transition- these are critical issues in the social anthropology of Russia and other postsocialist countries. Engaged in the negotiation of all these is the House of Cu...
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The authors of the paper write about the history of this special issue (Gender Shift in the North of Russia), explain why they have chosen the Russian North as their focus and render their understanding of changing gender relations through the definition of gender shift. Further, they describe multiple interrelated processes of gender shift, or gen...
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While most inhabitants of the Russian Federation remember the1990s as a period of “mess”, the early 2000s are commonly being associated with economic growth, more reliable household income and a higher degree of “stability” in general. The author tries to explore in various regional settings how the political idea of “stability” articulates with yo...
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Within the Russian Federation there are nearly 200 recognized "nationalities," approximately 130 of which could claim to be "indigenous." However, only 45 peoples are officially recognized as "indigenous small-numbered peoples of the Russian Federation" and thereby qualify for the rights, privileges, and state support earmarked for indigenous peopl...
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Thus far, little anthropological research has been conducted in Siberian communities on how young people assert their sense of self. On the basis of their recent field research in Novosibirsk and the Republic of Sakha, the authors explore the relevance of music, fashion, and other elements of popular culture for identification processes of non-nati...
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On the basis of fieldwork among Komi reindeer herders in the north of Russia, the author discusses the concepts of movement and mobility. In the first part, he describes reindeer herders' migrations from an outsider's point of view, which reflects the conventional academic approach to the theme of pastoralists' mobility. Komi reindeer husbandry may...
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Using interdisciplinary field research in the Usa Basin, northeast European Russia, we compared local inhabitants' perception of environmental problems with chemical and remote-sensing signatures of environmental pollution and their local impacts. Extensive coal mining since the 1930s around Inta and Vorkuta has left a legacy of pollution, detected...
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Based on field research in villages and towns in the Komi Republic (northeastern European Russia), this article compares the perception of the environment with environmental knowledge, and examines their interrelations in local contexts. An individual's perception of the environment is embedded in his/her everyday engagement with the surroundings (...
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This special issue of Sibirica comprises a selection of papers presented at the conference “'Everything is still before you“: being young in Siberia today' (Halle, November 2003). This introduction opens with a short review of the conventional social-sciences approach toward youth (especially indigenous youth) as an 'object of concern'. A brief sum...
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This thesis explores the social, economic and political aspects of reindeer husbandry among the Komi, a people living in the north of European Russia. Taking agency as an initial concept, successive chapters examine how agency can be understood in various domains: the reindeer-herding unit and enterprise, the household and village community, relati...

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