Седьмой семинар серии «Исследования этничности, национализма и миграции» — «Анализ функционирования индустрии по организации знакомств в современной России»

26 марта 2010 г., в пятницу, в 14.00 состоится седьмой публичный семинар серии «Исследования этничности, национализма и миграции».
Тема семинара:Анализ функционирования индустрии по организации знакомств в современной России.
Докладчик:Екатерина Бартик, аспирантка факультета антропологии Абердинского университета (Великобритания).
Рабочий язык семинара — русский.
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Дополнительная информация на английском:

For-profit matrimonial bureaux mushroomed in Russia in the early 1990s, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2009, a simple search in the national Yellow Pagesonline directory returned the list of 188 marriage agencies functioning in the territory of the Russian Federation. By examining the functions of these organisations, thepractices adopted by their clients and staff, as well as other major players in the field of matrimony (such as the states and NGOs) this study seeks to document and analysethe structure and implications of an emergent matrimonial system both within and transcending national boundaries, based on fieldwork in the three non-capital cities:Ekaterinburg, St.-Petersburg and Manchester.

Through the analysis of the matrimonial practices, put into migratory contexts, the study explores the logic and dynamics of the movement of people between centers andperipheries of the global capitalist economy, addresses the imaginaries surrounding this process, and seeks to answer two major questions: 1) how migratory movement redefinesthe meaning of marriage within the context of globalisation; 2) how matrimonial strategies are realised in migratory contexts in contemporary Russia.

The news incorporates a study conducted in the fifth largest Russia»s city named Ekaterinburg, the former industrial periphery of the country, which is currently one of thecenters of out-migration. The major subject of inquiry is the local marriage market, characterised by a huge gender imbalance: women outnumber men at 20%.

The second research site is St.-Petersburg. In contrast to Ekaterinburg, the city accepts vast numbers of immigrants from all over Russia and the countries of the former SovietUnion, and at least 24 matrimonial bureaux deliver matchmaking services in the city — on the local, national and international scenes. In St.-Petersburg the major subject ofresearch is functioning of the matrimonial bureaux, with particular focus on their continuity with the Family Services, established in the Soviet Union in the late 1970s.

Finally, in Manchester, UK, the study focuses on the marriages, created as an outcome of international migration, examined in the context of community-building efforts among theRussian-speaking diaspora, with particular reference to the processes of social class formation.

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