Narrating the Road

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This article proposes that the term road provides a concept of theoretical value for anthropological discussions of mobility. Based on ethnographic research in two neighbouring settlements in Siberia, I discuss the range of stories indigenous residents offered during our discussions of roads. Their definitions of roads contrast with those used more globally. A hodological approach to the concept of road demonstrates connections among ideas of kinship, movement, nomadism, metaphor and knowledge. Accounts from the social lives of travelers enlarge the possibilities of understanding the relationship between roads and narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-206
Number of pages16
JournalLandscape Research
Issue number2
Early online date28 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • roads
  • hodology
  • narrative
  • movement
  • nomadism
  • Siberia
  • Sakha (Yakut)
  • Evenki


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