The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview: Living Language in Kazakhstan - Central Eurasia in Context (Paperback)Eva Marie Dubuisson (author)
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Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
--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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