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Everyday Life in Central Asia : Past and Present - Jeff Sahadeo

Everyday Life in Central Asia

Past and Present

By: Jeff Sahadeo (Editor), Russell Zanca (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th July 2007
ISBN: 9780253219046
Number Of Pages: 401

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For its citizens, contemporary Central Asia is a land of great promise and peril. While the end of Soviet rule has opened new opportunities for social mobility and cultural expression, political and economic dynamics have also imposed severe hardships. In this lively volume, contributors from a variety of disciplines examine how ordinary Central Asians lead their lives and navigate shifting historical and political trends. Provocative stories of Turkmen nomads, Afghan villagers, Kazakh scientists, Kyrgyz border guards, a Tajik strongman, guardians of religious shrines in Uzbekistan, and other narratives illuminate important issues of gender, religion, power, culture, and wealth. A vibrant and dynamic world of life in urban neighborhoods and small villages, at weddings and celebrations, at classroom tables, and around dinner tables emerges from this introduction to a geopolitically strategic and culturally fascinating region.

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[A]n excellent study . . . . Readers will be attracted to the richness of the collected stories about the social and cultural diversity of Central Asia. The book provides a sympathetic and insightful analysis of Central Asian societies that face common challenges in their transition to a better life. In sum, this innovative work is a significant contribution to various fields in Central Asian studies.Vol. 53.1 Spring 2009--Anara Tabyshalieva "Institute for Regional Studies, Kyrgyzstan "

Introduction: Central Asia and Everyday Life
Background Introduction
Turks and Tajiks in Central Asian History Scott Levi
Communities Introduction
Everyday Life among the Turkmen Nomads Adrienne Edgar
Recollections of a Hazara Wedding in the 1930s Robert Canfield
Trouble in Birglich Robert Canfield
A Central Asian Tale of Two Cities:Locating Lives and Aspirations in a Shifting Post-Soviet Cityscape Morgan Y. Liu
Gender Introduction
The Limits of Liberation: Gender, Revolution, and the Veil in Everyday Life in Soviet Uzbekistan Douglas Northrop
The Wedding Feast: Living the New Uzbek Life in the 1930s Marianne Kamp
Practical Consequences of Soviet Policy and Ideology for Gender in Central Asia and Contemporary Reversal Elizabeth Constantine
Dinner with Akhmet Greta Uehling
Performance and Encounters Introduction
An Ethnohistorical Journey through Kazakh Hospitality Paula A. Michaels
Konstitutsiya Buzildi: Gender Relations in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Peter Finke and Meltem Sancak
Fat and All That: Good Eating the Uzbek Way Russell Zanca
Public and Private Celebrations: Uzbekistan's National Holidays Laura Adams
Music Across the Kazakh Steppe Michael Rouland
Nation, State, and Society in the Everyday Introduction
The Shrinking of the Welfare State: Central Asians'Assessments of Soviet and Post-Soviet Governance Kelly McMann
Going to School in Uzbekistan Shoshana Keller
Alphabet Changes in Turkmenistan: State, Society, and the Everyday, 1904-2004 Victoria Clement
Travels in the Margins of the State: Everyday Geography in the Ferghana Valley Borderlands Madeleine Reeves
Religion Introduction
Divided Faith: Trapped between State and Islam in Uzbekistan Eric McGlinchey
Sacred Sites, Profane Ideologies: Religious Pilgrimage and the Uzbek State David Abramson and Elyor Karimov
Everyday Negotiations of Islam in Central Asia: Practicing Religion in the Uyghur Neighborhood of Zarya Vostoka in Almaty, Kazakhstan Sean Roberts
Namaz, Wishing Trees, and Vodka: The Diversity of Everyday Religious Life in Central Asia David Montgomery
Christians as the Main Religious Minority in Central Asia Sebastien Peyrouse
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ISBN: 9780253219046
ISBN-10: 0253219043
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 401
Published: 12th July 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.82  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.59