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Living Language in Kazakhstan: The Dialogue Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview

Eva-Marie Dubuisson
Format
Book
Published
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2017]
Language
English
Series
Central Eurasia in Context
ISBN
9780822964605, 0822964600
Summary
"Eva-Marie Dubuisson provides a fascinating anthropological inquiry into the deeply ingrained presence of ancestors within the cultural, political, and spiritual discourse of Kazakhs. In a climate of authoritarianism and economic uncertainty, many peope in this region turn to their forebears for care, guidance, and advice, invoking them on a daily basis. This "living language" creates a powerful link to the past and a stable foundation for the present. Through Dubuisson's participatory, observational, and lived experience among Kazakhs, we witness firsthand the public performances and private rituals that show how memory and identity are sustained through an oral tradition of invoking ancestors. This ancestral dialogue mediates questions of faith and morality, providing role models, and offering a mechanism for sociopolitical critique, change, and meaning making. Looking beyond studies of Islam or heritage alone, Dubuisson provides fresh insights into understanding the Kazakh worldview that will serve students, researchers, NGOs, and policymakers in the region."
Contents
  • Bata and blessing
  • Guardians of the ancestors
  • Ancestry in Aitys poetry
  • Dialogic authority
  • Participatory politics.
Description
xxiii, 176 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-167) and index.
Technical Details
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