Reindeer Pastoralism

Because the rural communities she was investigating in Chukotka were primarily engaged in reindeer herding, Patty Gray developed some expertise in that area, although less with the on-the-ground practice of reindeer herding and more with the political economy of it. She has consistently endeavored to write against the tendency to exoticize northern dwellers as bearers of ecological knowledge and rather to reveal them as political and economic actors frustrated by their marginalization. In this area, she has benefited from ongoing collaboration with her PhD mentor, Anatoly Khazanov, who is a renowned specialist on pastoral nomad societies.

Publications on this research

Reindeer herders of the sovkhoz and village of Snezhnoe, Chukotka, Russia.

Reindeer herders of the sovkhoz and village of Snezhnoe, Chukotka, Russia.

Gray, Patty A. (submitted). “Conditions of Pastoral Mobility for Reindeer Herders in Chukotka, Russia, and Seward Peninsula, Alaska.”  In Conditions of Pastoral Mobility, ed. by Anatoly Khazanov and Guenther Schlee. Berghahn Books.

Gray, Patty A. (submitted). “Sovremennoe sostoianie olenevodstva na Chukotke [The current state of reindeer herding in Chukotka].” For inclusion in a special issue of the journal Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie [Ethnographic Review] on the theme “The current state of stock-breeding in the post-communist states”, edited by Anatoly M. Khazanov.

Gray, Patty A. 2012. “‘I Should Have Some Deer, But I Don’t Remember How Many’: Confused Ownership of Reindeer in Chukotka.” In Who Owns the Stock? Collective and Multiple Property Rights in Animals, ed. by Guenther Schlee and Anatoly Khazanov. Oxford: Berghahn Books. (Read a review of the book and this chapter of the book in The Toronto Review of Books.)

Gray, Patty A. 2004. “Chukotkan Reindeer Husbandry in the Twentieth Century:  In the Image of the Soviet Economy.” In Cultivating Arctic Landscapes: Knowing & Managing Animals in the Circumpolar North, ed. by D. Anderson and M. Nuttall, pp. 136-153. Oxford: Berghahn.

Gray, Patty A. 2000. “Chukotkan Reindeer Husbandry in the Post-Socialist Transition,” Polar Research 19(1):31-38.