Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present
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"[A]n excellent and compelling collection of essays . . . . [T]his book is a valuable addition to our understanding of not only a region heavily influenced by the Russian/Soviet colonial legacy, but also of the ways in which the everyday confronts often competing notions of identity. Vol. 9.3 Winter 2008"(Robert O. Krikorian George Washington University)
"[This] book . . . offers to the curious reader a better understanding of Central Asian people, their histories, and everyday lives―a diversity of people who otherwise may have been conceptualized as a grey and anonymous mass, or, worse yet, as mere numbers.October 2008"(Irene Hilgers H-Soyuz)
"This rich volume should . . . be commended for its comprehensible style making it accessible to nonspecialists in Central Asian societies and to virtually anyone interested in the region."(Ab Imperio)
"[A]n excellent study . . . . Readers will be attracted to the richness of the collected stories about the social and cultural diversity of Central Asia. The book provides a sympathetic and insightful analysis of Central Asian societies that face common challenges in their transition to a better life. In sum, this innovative work is a significant contribution to various fields in Central Asian studies.Vol. 53.1 Spring 2009"(Anara Tabyshalieva Institute for Regional Studies, Kyrgyzstan)
"Sahadeo and Zanca have collected a large range of essays written in a clear and accessible style well suited as a textbook for undergraduate teaching or anyone interested in learning about the region."(Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)
"Part of a series of books on everyday life in various parts of the world, this volume offers essays on the different ways that Central Asians lead their daily lives and navigate shifting historical, political, and economic trends in past and present times. . . . Many of the selections concern the difficult transitions from Soviet rule to independent statehood, restrictions on political and social activity, widening gaps between the rich and the poor, and new opportunities for social mobility and cultural expression. The essays on the varying beliefs and practices of Muslims across this wide region are especially informative. The volume contains illustrations and a listing of the contributors' backgrounds and qualifications. . . . Recommended."(Choice)
About the Author
Jeff Sahadeo is Assistant Professor, Institute of European and Russian Studies and Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa. He is author of Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865–1923 (IUP, 2006).
Russell Zanca is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University. He is author of The Big Cotton Collective: Uzbeks after Socialism.
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Anyone wishing a deeper understanding of this region would be well-advised to read this book.