This book explores the conceptions of genealogy, kinship and ‘tribalism’ in the intertwined construction of personhood and national identity in the Kyrgyz Republic. It makes an important contribution to several theoretical and regional debates. First, it engages with broader anthropological literature. Genealogy, a central theme of the work, is explored not only as an analysis of relationships, but also as a methodological tool through which to examine society. Second, the book contributes to theories of kinship and the state. Research provides detailed accounts of Soviet and post-Soviet transformations, and their influence on people’s everyday lives. Third, the book fills a gap in Central/Inner Asian literature by focusing on social relations during a period of political upheaval.
The Genealogical Construction of the Kyrgyz Republic
James Boyd, Murdoch University, Western Australia
This is the first in-depth examination of Japanese-Mongolian relations from the 19th to the mid-20th century. The study repositions Mongolia in Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese relations.
Tatiana Safonova and István Sántha, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
This anthropological monograph contains the results of recent fieldwork conducted among the Evenki people in East Siberia, Russian Federation. It is an ethnography of a Siberian people that will be welcomed by professional social anthropologists as well as by specialists in Russian and Siberian ...
This pioneering ethnographic analysis provides a far-reaching critique of ‘ethnic’ China’s changing cultural topography. The study offers a timely reexamination of the complex and subtle processes of identification and belonging in a ‘Tibetan’ autonomous area. This work highlights how policies ...
Judith Hangartner, University of Bern
This book offers an in-depth insight into post-socialist rural shamans in Mongolia thereby making a rare but important contribution to the ethnography of both Inner Asia and Southern Siberia. It examines the social making of shamans, in particular those of the Shishget depression of the ...
Marfua Tokhtakhodzhaeva, Tashkent University
As well as being a valuable and insightful study into the history, development and tenets of Islam, with particular reference to life in Uzbekistan, this study, which draws on a wide personal network and extensive field research, is also in part a personal quest in support of women’s position ...
Edited by Rebecca Empson, University of Cambridge
How do prophets and prophecies influence decision-making processes, concepts of authority and ideas about causality and time? How can we talk about prophets and prophecy in the Mongolian cultural region when prophetic forms and people seem so varied? This book focuses on roles and distributed ...
This volume offers a unique insight into the relationship between language and culture of political power in modern China, at a time of crisis and violence – the Chinese Cultural Revolution from 1967 to 1969.
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