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Moving in the USSR

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Book Series: Studia Fennica Historica ISBN: 9789518580235 9789517466950 9789518580235 9789518580228 Year: Pages: 161 DOI: 10.21435/sfh.10 Language: English
Publisher: Finnish Literature Society / SKS
Subject: Ethnology --- Languages and Literatures
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"This book deals with 20th century resettlements in the western areas of the former USSR, in particular the territory of Karelia that was ceded by Finland in the WWII, Podolia in the Ukraine, and the North-West periphery of Russia in the Kola peninsula. Finns from Karelia emigrated to Finland, most of the Jews of Podolia were exterminated by Nazi Germany but the survivors later emigrated to Israel, and the sparsely populated territory beyond the Polar circle received the Societ conquerors of nature which they began to exploit. The empty areas were usually settled by planned state recruitment of relocated Soviet citizens, but in some cases also by spontaneous movement. Thus, a Ukrainian took over a Jewish house, a Chuvash kolkhos was dispersed along Finnish khutor houses, and youth in the town of Apatity began to prefer their home town in relation to the cities of Russia.

Everywhere the settlers met new and strange surroundings, and they had to construct places and meanings for themselves in their new home and restructure their local identity in relation to their places of origin and current abodes. They also had to create images of the former inhabitants and explanations for various strange details they preceived around themselves.

All articles within this volume are based on extensive field or archive work. This research project was funded by the Academy of Finland."

Memories of My Town

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Book Series: Studia Fennica Ethnologica ISBN: 9789518580198 9789517464338 9789518580198 9789518580181 Year: Pages: 249 DOI: 10.21435/sfe.8 Language: English
Publisher: Finnish Literature Society / SKS
Subject: Ethnology --- Sociology --- Languages and Literatures
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Memories of My Town is an exploration into how town dwellers experience their environment in a complicated way. As people in urban milieus relate themselves to the environment, this takes place on many levels, where especially the time level becomes problematic. The urban buildings and settings can be looked upon as a kind of collective history, as carriers or witnesses of times past. But it is only the town dwellers that experience urban time itself, the time they live in, but through their memories also times past. In this past some elements take symbolically dense expressions. Through reliving and narrating their experiences the symbolically important factors in this urban relationship will be outlined for investigations concerning three towns, Helsinki, the capital, Vyborg, the ceded and lost Karelian town, and Jyväskylä, a town with dense commercial and cultural dimensions in the middle of Finland. The aim of the book is to use different theoretical concepts as guidelines in analysing the different narrative texts.

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