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The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview: Living Language in Kazakhstan - Central Eurasia in Context (Paperback)
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The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview: Living Language in Kazakhstan - Central Eurasia in Context (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 30/06/2017
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An anthropological investigation that explores the spiritual tradition of ancestors in Kazakh culture. Dubuisson argues that Kazakh life cannot be properly understood without grasping how the lived reality of "the ancestors are among us" plays out in social and political discourse, and in everyday life.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822964605
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Outstanding work. Living Language in Kazakhstan is a rare attempt to capture what the author names as the 'affective landscapes' of Kazakh spirituality. By focusing on the construction of intergenerational relationships within families and broader communities, Dubuisson demonstrates that the spirits of deceased ancestors play a central role in Kazakh social life, constituting a particular worldview historically rooted in an Inner Asia's belief system."
--Saulesh Yessenova, University of Calgary
"To understand politics in Kazakhstan, you need to understand Dubuisson's argument. She shows how many Kazakhs, through their activities, interactions and conversations, create a life-world where ancestors are experienced as playing an active, caring role. Because of their presence in everyday social interaction, ancestors take on a power to shape social reality and political discourse. They are invoked as role models, convey their spiritual energy to others, mediate individual relationships with God, and build communities based on immediate as well as fictive kinship."
--Laura Adams, author of The Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in Uzbekistan
"In this compact and teachable book, Eva-Marie Dubuisson offers a refreshing look at cultural and political life in post-Soviet Central Asia....Dubuisson provides rich ethnographic material and text that challenge dominant understandings of Central Asian politics and governance."
--Alex Warburton, Anthropological Quarterly

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