Creating Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asia

Editors: Breed, Ananda, Dubuisson, Eva Marie, Igmen, Ali F. (Eds.)

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  • Brings together historical and ethnographic research from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Xinjiang
  • Explores how individuals and communities work to create and maintain forms of ‘culture’ in contexts of ideological repression and erasure
  • Explains how scholarly attention to cultural production, tradition, and performance helps to inform our understanding of (ethnic) nations not as given, but as coming into being
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About this book

This book brings together historical and ethnographic research from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Xinjiang, in order to explore how individuals and communities work to create and maintain forms of ‘culture’ in contexts of ideological repression and erasure.  Across Inner Central Asia, in both China and the Soviet Union, while ethnic culture was on one hand lauded and promoted, it was simultaneously folklorized in the face of broader projects of socialist modernity.  How do local intellectuals, cultural organizers, and performers work to negotiate their own forms and understandings of cultural meaning within the institutions and frameworks of a long twentieth century?  How does scholarly attention to cultural production, tradition, and performance help to inform our understanding of (ethnic) nations not as given, but as coming into being?

About the authors

Ali İğmen is Professor of History and Director of the Oral History Program in California State University, Long Beach, USA.

Ananda Breed is Professor in Theatre in the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Eva-Marie Dubuisson is Assistant Professor of Linguistic Anthropology in the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Making Culture in (Post) Socialist Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Xinjiang

    Pages 1-12

    Breed, Ananda (et al.)

  • ‘The Kara Kirghiz Must Develop Separately’: Ishenaaly Arabaev (1881–1933) and His Project of the Kyrgyz Nation

    Pages 13-46

    Duishembieva, Jipar

  • Liminal States: Personal Dreams and Performance in Kyrgyzstan During and After the Soviet Era

    Pages 47-64

    Iğmen, Ali

  • Epic Performances in Central Asia

    Pages 65-86

    Breed, Ananda

  • Poets of the People: Learning to Make Culture in Kazakhstan

    Pages 87-113

    Dubuisson, Eva-Marie

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Hardcover $59.99
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  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creating Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asia
Editors
  • Ananda Breed
  • Eva Marie Dubuisson
  • Ali F. Igmen
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-58685-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-58685-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-58684-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 157
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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