Living by the River: Means, Meanings and Sense of Place

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The chapter discusses the river’s central role for the residents of the small northern settlement in Sakha Yakutia (Northeastern Russia) and how living-by-the-river gives people more conscious thoughts on the distinctiveness of their “river place”. The Amma River has an iconic image as the region’s cleanest and most beautiful river, by which people proudly situate themselves. However, highly aestheticized narratives of the river through which this place is actively sensed do not entirely concur with the practical ways residents experience “fluid” qualities of the riverine environment. Local waterscape also demonstrates its “troubled” properties, which villagers are painfully aware of. By some standards, the community is deprived of resources because the riverine environment seems to provide little material value regarding the main economic activity – animal husbandry – and is exposed to increased flooding. This chapter analyzes how a place may anchor human lives despite the tension between “means”: “insufficient” physical settings of waterscape scenery and its rendered meanings. The chapter examines the complexity of how a place is sensed and makes sense through various forces, forms of agency, and encounters between people and the river.
OtsikkoCold Waters
AlaotsikkoTangible and Symbolic Seascapes of the North
ToimittajatMarkku Lehtimäki, Arja Rosenholm, Elena Trubina, Nina Tynkkynen
ISBN (elektroninen)978-3-031-10149-6
ISBN (painettu)978-3-031-10148-9
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TilaJulkaistu - 2022
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA3 Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli kokoomateoksessa


SarjaSpringer Polar Sciences


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