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Mixed MessagesMediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia$
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Kathryn E. Graber

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750502

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750502.001.0001

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Rupture and Reclamation

Rupture and Reclamation

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Mixed Messages

Kathryn E. Graber

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks into the legacies of the twentieth century's massive modernization efforts through the terms rupture and loss, in which contemporary Buryats predominantly understand the history of their culture, language, and land. It analyzes a series of temporal and spatiocultural disjunctures that informs of feelings during language shift. It also reviews the four-century shift from Buryat to Russian as an especially salient instance of cultural change. The chapter assesses the examples of Russification that affects everyday life and to which people refer to as a more thoroughgoing rupture. It covers the discussions of language that stand in for debates over the past and ideal future of Buryat belonging. It also highlights disagreement over what counts as speaking “real Buryat” over what it means to be a “real Buryat.”.

Keywords:   rupture, loss, contemporary Buryats, language shift, cultural change, Russification

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