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Indigenous Siberian people: are they pariah of Century XXI?


  • Z. I. Kalugina
  • S. V. Soboleva
  • V. S.Tapilina


The paper analyzes the social-demographic process, position in the labor market, quality of life and health of the Selkup, one of the northern Indigenous peoples of Siberia. The conclusion is that the Selkup are not pariah or outcasts in the Russian society of today. A number of their problems are caused by specific living conditions of large social-territorial communities, such as rural population, but are not associated with belonging to any ethnical group. For this reason, the mechanisms raising the quality of life for the Selkup are largely universal in general Russia. At the same time, the Selkup are faced with a broad circle of problems associated with their status and interaction with other cultural groups and with changes in their natural environment. These problems include retention of the native language and culture, their right to land and use of mineral resources, political self-determination, development of self-government, etc.

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  • Z. I. Kalugina & S. V. Soboleva & V. S.Tapilina, 2006. "Indigenous Siberian people: are they pariah of Century XXI?," Journal "Region: Economics and Sociology", Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering of Siberian Branch of RAS, vol. 2.
  • Handle: RePEc:nos:regioe:2006-2_17
    Note: Russian-Canadian Program Ā«The Exchange of Experience in Managing the Development of Northern TerritoriesĀ»

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