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The Central Asian world

The Central Asian world / edited by Jeanne Féaux de la Croix and Madeleine Reeves.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2024.
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Jeanne Feaux de la Croix is a social anthropologist focusing on water and energy issues. She is the author of Iconic Places in Central Asia: The Moral Geography of Pastures, Dams and Holy Sites (2017) and is co-editor with Beatrice Penati of Environmental Humanities in Central Asia (Routledge, 2023). She is setting up a transdisciplinary team at the University of Bern to foster environmental justice around marine renewable energy technologies. Madeleine Reeves is Professor in the Anthropology of Migration at the University of Oxford. Her interests lie in the anthropology of space, power, mobility and reproduction. She is the author of Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia (2014) and the co-editor, most recently, of The Everyday Lives of Sovereignty with Rebecca Bryant (2021). She is currently leading a new research project on infertility and the emergence of new reproductive markets in Central Asia.
"This landmark book provides a comprehensive anthropological introduction to contemporary Central Asia. Established and emerging scholars of the region critically interrogate the idea of a 'Central Asian World' at the intersection of post-Soviet, Persianate, East and South Asian worlds. Encompassing chapters on life between Afghanistan and Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Xinjiang, this volume situates the social, political, economic, ecological and ritual diversity of Central Asia in historical context. The book ethnographically explores key areas such as the growth of Islamic finance, the remaking of urban and sacred spaces, as well as decolonizing and queering approaches to Central Asia. The volume's discussion of More-than-Human Worlds, Everyday Economies, Material Culture, Migration and Statehood engages core analytical concerns such as globalization, inequality and postcolonialism. Far more than a survey of a 'world region', the volume illuminates how people in Central Asia make a life at the intersection of diverse cross-cutting currents and flows of knowledge. In so doing, it stakes out the contribution of an anthropology of and from Central Asia to broader debates within contemporary anthropology. This is an essential reference for anthropologists as well as for scholars from other disciplines with a focus on Central Asia"-- Provided by publisher.
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Introduction: Centring the anthropology of Central Asia / Jeanne Féaux de la Croix and Madeleine Reeves
Part I: Reverberating Legacies
Ethnogenesis Through the Lens of Soviet Ethnography: Academic research in the service of nation-building and socialist modernity / Sergey Abashin and Matthew Naumann
Lasting Legacies in Central Asia's Agro-Pastoralist Livelihoods / Jeanine Daǧyeli
Aftershocks of perestroika: Tajikistan's flattened modernity / Isaac McKean Scarborough
Struggling to interpret Islam in Central Asia: Religion, politics, and anthropology / Julie McBrien
Decolonizing 'the field' in the anthropology of Central Asia: 'Being there' and 'being here' / Alima Bissenova
Utterly Other: Queering Central Asia, decolonising sexualities / Mohira Suyarkulova
Part II: Solidarity and Struggle
Qara Shangyraq: Searching for a Qazaq home between two worlds / Zhaina Meirkhan
The Dvor and urban communities: Socio-spatial rhythms in Bishkek and other cities of Central Asia / Philipp Schröder
Fighting back: The older working-class women's resistance against market forces in Kyrgyzstan / Elmira Satybaldieva
Local political organization in Afghanistan / Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili
Daughters as Ojiza: Marriage, security and care strategies for daughters among Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan / Aksana Ismailbekova
New churches and the religious freedom agenda in Kyrgyzstan / Noor O'Neill Borbieva
Part III: Care and Interdependence
Theorizing Central Asian neighbourhoods as social interdependence, state encounter, and narrative / Morgan Y. Liu
Life and death in the margins: Care and ambivalence in southern Kyrgyzstan / Grace H. Zhou
Bargaining over care and control: Money transfers and ICT-based communication in transnational families between Tajikistan and Russia / Juliette Cleuziou
Outsourcing domestic care: Gendered labour mobility and ambiguities of Turkmen migrant work in Istanbul / Marhabo Saparova
Part IV: Navigating the State
Ethnicising infrastructure: Roads, railways and differential mobility in northwest China / Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi
Language choices, future imaginaries, and the lived hierarchy of languages in post-industrial Tajikistan / Elena Borisova
Sonic statecrafting: The politics of popular music in Uzbekistan / Kerstin Klenke
Before the law: Policy, practice and the search for the 'Prepared Migrant Worker' in the transnational migration bureaucracy / Malika Bahovadinova
Reeducation time: The banality of violent paternalism in Xinjiang / Darren Byler
Part V: Persons, Healing, and More-than-Human Worlds
The art of interpreting visionary dreams / Maria Louw
Early childhood health care in rural Kyrgyzstan / Baktygul Shabdan
Drunkenness and authority between animal and human worlds : On the partridge hunt in Tajikistan/ Brinton Ahlin
Healing with spirits: Human and more-than-human healing agency in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan / Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka
Part VI: Ethical Repertoires
Legal pluralism in Central Asia: The customization of state and religious law in Kyrgyzstan / Judith Beyer
Hospitality in Central Asia / Magnus Marsden
Mobile livelihoods of Kyrgyz Tablighi Jamaat: Living between two worlds / Emil Nasridtinov
The value of a dead miner: Industrial accidents, compensation and fairness in Kazakhstan / Eeva Kesküla
Part VII: Everyday Moral Economies
Who Owns the (good) land?: Cotton farming, land ownership and salinised soils in southern Central Asia / Tommaso Trevisani
Changing pastoral livelihoods / Carole Ferret
Small-scale gold mining communities in Kyrgyzstan: Torn between extraction projects / Gulzat Botoeva
The Central Asian bazaar since 1991 / Hasan H. Karrar
Halal as a site of dilemma and negotiation / Aisalkyn Botoeva
Part VIII: Mobility and Migration
The money of home: Remittances and the remaking of an Afghan transnational family / Said Reza Kazemi
Gendered worlds and cosmopolitan lives: Muslim female traders in Yiwu and Dushanbe / Diana Ibañez-Tirado
Informality and Uzbek migrant networks in Russia and Turkey / Sherzod Eraliev and Rustamjon Urinboyev
Diasporas of empire: Ismaili networks and Pamiri migration / Till Mostowlansky
Part IX: Material Culture: Performance and Skill
Uzbek cinema as a lens on early Soviet state- and nation-building / Cloé Drieu
In the blood and through the spirit: Learning Central Asian textile skills / Stephanie Bunn
The differentiated authenticities of Rishton pottery in Uzbekistan / Haruka Kikuta
Clans as heritage communities in Kyrgyzstan / Svetlana Jacquesson
Uyghur subnational histories as meta-heritage / Ildikó Bellér-Hann
The Uyghur twelve muqam and the performance of traditional literature / Nathan Light
Part X: Sacred Worlds
Using experience differently: Religion, security, and anthropology in Central Asia / David W. Montgomery
Sacred sites in Kyrgyzstan as a phenomenon of power / Gulnara Aitpaeva
Uyghur Islam, embodied listening, and new publics / Rachel Harris
Mosque lives / Yanti M. Hölzchen
Polyphonic afterword: Anthropology for Central Asian Worlds / Jeanne Féaux de la Croix and Madeleine Reeves.

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