Piers Vitebsky

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Piers Vitebsky



Piers Vitebsky is an anthropologist and is the Head of Social Science at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England.

Average rating: 3.93 · 874 ratings · 112 reviews · 23 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Reindeer People: Living...

4.02 avg rating — 426 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
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Shamanism

3.74 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 1995 — 22 editions
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Living without the Dead: Lo...

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The Saami Of Lapland

3.56 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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Dialogues with the Dead: Th...

4.29 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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Secrets Of The Shaman

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New Shamans

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The New Shamans

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“It was illegal in the Soviet Union to live anywhere except where you were registered, and it was difficult for anyone born in the Farm to change their registration and move to another place except by entering an urban profession or going to jail.”
Piers Vitebsky, The Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia

“In the 1980s reindeer meat still made a substantial profit. Every other activity, even when the real cost of anything at all was masked by the Soviet tangle of cross-subsidies and phantom accounting, ran at a severe loss. Though this was to change beyond all recognition in the 1990s, reindeer herders in the 1980s were fairly well paid and well provisioned, and their exotic holidays were provided free.”
Piers Vitebsky, The Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia

“In the 1980s one would see rows of silent commuters in the crowded undergrounds of
Moscow and Leningrad, their heads buried in serious books covered in newspaper to protect the binding (and, in those open but still uncertain times, perhaps to hide the title: in 1988 I was roughly arrested on the Leningrad metro by young Communist
vigilantes who noticed that I was reading a book on shamanism).”
Piers Vitebsky, The Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia

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