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Book chapter

Everyday Life in the Russian Borderland

P. 73-81.
Zotova M., Гриценко А. А., Себенцов А. Б.

In connecting people’s expectances and reality, border crossing has certainly a considerable impact on human behavior and mind, especially in case if this act becomes an individual’s regular practice and/or a mean of existence. In this case, borderland can be transformed into a space of everyday interactions between the people and radically changes their life. The authors try to summarize the definitions of everyday life and theoretical approaches to its study used by different experts. The hypothesis is that everyday practice does not simply show distinctions or similarities of the people living close to the boundary on its both sides but allows understanding the shaping of different socio-cultural spaces and the differentiation of border regions as a whole. The authors estimate the opportunities and constraints created by the boundary and motivating its crossing, analyze its reasons and directions at all sections of Russian land borders. They focus on the socio-economic and socio-cultural discrepancies, and the features of neighbouring areas stimulating specific practices distinguishing borderlands from the rest of the state territory.