P127
Migrants in the provinces: the adaptive potential of the province compared to the megapolis

Convenors:
Liudmila Zhukova (Russian State University for the Humanities)
Konstantin Bannikov (Anthropological Research Center (ARC))
Elena Miskova (Moscow State University )
Format:
Panels
Location:
U6-34
Start time:
21 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will be devoted to the problem of cultural adaptation of migrants. We plane to focus on the adaptive capacity of provinces, and on the role of cultural and religious imagination in shaping of new local solidarity and patriotism.

Long abstract:

The current migratory crisis and problems of refugees exacerbated the problem of adaptation of migrants in foreign cultural environment. The main flow of migrants goes to the megacities and the capitals. The cultural province and margins are less attractive. But it doesn't mean that modern province is less multicultural than the big city. Anthropologists face with the big variety of cultural contacts and interaction in the cultural autonomies and those places, which were culturally homogeneous in the recent past. The cultural province obviously has the potential of its own to the adaptation and inclusion of migrants in a full-fledged social interaction. These interactions base on individual contacts. They include the mutual interest in the cooperation and stimulate learning of culturally rooted life strategies. Thus this interaction promotes tolerance. Besides the host population, rooted in the province, have its own experience of interaction with dominant social groups and sometimes the experience of resilience and also migrations. So the cultural and historical imagination is the sphere of everyday life and live narratives in the province. The cultural province have also the experience of albeit temporary, but the inclusion of foreigners as the tourists in their environment. The tourist practices in many cases have been involved in the process of recruitment and return of the population in the province. So the main goal of the panel is to discuss the potential of various cultural province to the potential of the resolution of one of the most severe current crises of migration.