Off-the-Grid Life of Arctic Nomads: Social Generating of Electricity in the Northern Yamal

Dmitry Arzyutov* (Corresponding Author)

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This article deals with the ethnographic analysis of the history and social life of electricity among Nenets in the Yamal Peninsula. Based on historical documents and field data the author reconstructs a history of the electrification of the northern part of the peninsula. This work also includes the reflections on social and cultural meanings of electricity among Nenets in and out the tundra. Through these historical and current dynamics, the author suggests analysing the life of electricity in off-the-grid settings through the lens of transnational technological entanglements in the Arctic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1356–73
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019

Bibliographical note

This work has been supported by the RSF project “Energy of the Arctic and Siberia: The Use of Resources in the Context of Socio-Economic and Environmental Changes” (No. 18–18–00309)


  • ethnography
  • electricity
  • nomads
  • Nenets
  • development of the North
  • Arctic


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