Kapustina E. L. Food Transfers in the Context of Translocal Migration from Dagestan to Western Siberia

Ekaterina Kapustina
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Saint Petersburg, Russia
E-mail: parlel@mail.ru 


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ABSTRACT. The article aims to study the system of food transfers between migrants from Dagestan working in the Arctic and Subarctic oil and gas regions of Western Siberia (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug), and their sending community (villages and cities of the Republic of Dagestan). This study continues the author’s research of various aspects of migration between Dagestan and Western Siberia. In the article, the author focuses on the food practices of migrants from Dagestan in the context of the connections between the sending and receiving societies. This relationship is relevant and significant, primarily due to the nature of the migration: Dagestan migrants working in Western Siberia often maintain active, constant and deep ties with the sending community, and therefore their migration can be described as translocal. The author identifies major types of products moving between the regions under consideration and the seasonality and specifics of their transportation. She also addresses migrant businesses based on food transfers through the migrant network. Transfers are a means of supporting and regular communication of migrants with sending communities, non-migrants and a translocal family remaining in the sending society. Food transportation can be one of the ways to preserve a trans-migrant lifestyle.


KEYWORDS: migrations within Russia, Dagestan, Arctic, food parcels, translocality, food practices


УДК 314.72+641/642
DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2020-2(8)-191-200



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