Heterotopia of the Road: Driving and Drifting Siberian Style

Tatiana Argounova-Low* (Corresponding Author)

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The paper demonstrates how car cultures in Yakutsk, north-eastern Russia, are influenced by the proximity ofJapan, the country where street racing and drift driving became popular through such outlets as the mangaseries, animation films, YouTube and a blockbuster film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Theseinfluences, which arrived in Siberia from across the Sea of Japan and Hollywood, highlight the shiftinggeographies and multiple cultural entanglements of the technological advancements in the global space.Through such cultural entanglements, young people in the city establish a different perception of the road,endowing it with heterotopic qualities. The article explores the heterotopia of the road in anthropology.Keywords: car cultures, drift driving, Fast and Furious, heterotopia, roads, Sakha (Yakutia).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Jun 2020


  • car cultures
  • drift driving
  • Fast and Furious
  • heterotopia
  • roads
  • Sakha (Yakutia)

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