Kaleidoscopic Odessa : History and Place in Contemporary by Tanya Richardson

By Tanya Richardson

Ukraine’s ‘Orange Revolution’ and its aftermath uncovered many of the deep political, social, and cultural rifts working during the former Soviet republic. This booklet explores the intersection of those divisions in Odessa, a Black Sea port in Ukraine that used to be the Russian Empire’s southern window to Europe. Odessans view their urban as a worldly position with shut ties to Russia and the realm regardless of the state’s try to generate emotions of nationwide belonging. Odessans’ experience of position is cultivated in a number of city areas throughout the narration of histories which are either intimate and authentic, imperial and native, irritating and mawkish. In illuminating the interaction of background with competing senses of position and state in Odessa, this examine exhibits how nation-building guidelines engage with the legacies and stories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

Exploring the tensions among neighborhood and nationwide identities in a post-Soviet atmosphere from the viewpoint of lifestyle, Tanya Richardson argues that Odessans’ experience in their specialty is characteristic
of these dwelling in borderland international locations like Ukraine. whilst she explores the numerous ways that neighborhood conceptions of cosmopolitanism formed and preserved the city’s identification inside of a newly shaped country. Drawing at the current literature and her personal direct observations and studies in settings corresponding to background periods, markets, and jogging teams, Richardson provides a distinct paintings of city ethnography that's either analytically refined and methodologically cutting edge. a desirable and richly precise learn, "Kaleidoscopic Odessa" may be of curiosity to anthropologists, Slavicists, sociologists, historians, city planners, and basic readers alike.

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Kaleidoscopic Odessa : History and Place in Contemporary Ukraine

Ukraine’s ‘Orange Revolution’ and its aftermath uncovered a number of the deep political, social, and cultural rifts working in the course of the former Soviet republic. This e-book explores the intersection of those divisions in Odessa, a Black Sea port in Ukraine that was the Russian Empire’s southern window to Europe.

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Cities are generally not considered places of this sort in anthropology (but see Reed 2002 for one example), though urban places can be (Low 2001; Weszkalnys 2004). I want to suggest that Odessans experience their city phenomenologically as a whole through walking, dwelling in courtyards, and encountering other Odessans in marketplaces. N. Brown 2005, 9) – that is, a local theory of how place produces identity – in their descriptions of how the sea, sun, steppe, and urban places such as markets, courtyards, and the port have produced the peculiarities of city culture.

Moreover, my portrayal of Odessa’s slide from international city to regional centre, and of its marginalization within the Ukrainian polity, might make the characterization ‘cosmopolitan’ seem far-fetched. By using the term ‘cosmopolitan place’ I want to posit the existence of a cosmopolitan localism in Odessa that is generated by cultivating a connection to the city’s past. It is akin to the provincial cosmopolitanism that Svetlana Boym describes for Petersburg (2001, 123). It is neither entirely inward looking in expressing opposition to the national or global, nor exactly the global sense of place that Doreen Massey has in mind (Massey 1994, 146).

Konstantin Paustovsky These lines, penned in the 1930s, capture what contemporary residents describe when they invoke Odessan kolorit, a term that can be glossed as colour, character, or exotic quality. Paustovsky elaborates on what literary scholars call the ‘Odessan Myth,’ which refers to the genealogy of images and ideas about Odessa’s distinctiveness from other cities of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, primarily, though not exclusively, in Russian-language texts. 171 on Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:31:14 UTC All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions 16 Kaleidoscopic Odessa place, one dominated by trade and populated by people from different countries, that seemingly sprang up from nowhere on the wild steppe (Gubar and Herlihy 2005, 5; Naidorf 2001, 329; Stanton 2004, 41).

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