Living Language in Kazakhstan: The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview

Living Language in Kazakhstan: The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview

by Eva Marie Dubuisson

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Living Language in Kazakhstan: The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview by Eva Marie Dubuisson


Eva-Marie Dubuisson provides a fascinating anthropological inquiry into the deeply ingrained presence of ancestors within the cultural, political, and spiritual discourse of Kazakhs. In a climate of authoritarianism and economic uncertainty, many people in this region turn to their forebearers for care, guidance, and advice, invoking them on a daily basis. This “living language” creates a powerful link to the past and a stable foundation for the present. Through Dubuisson’s participatory, observational, and lived experience among Kazakhs, we witness firsthand the public performances and private rituals that show how memory and identity are sustained through an oral tradition of invoking ancestors. This ancestral dialogue sustains a unifying worldview by mediating questions of faith and morality, providing role models, and offering a mechanism for socio-political critique, change, and meaning-making. Looking beyond studies of Islam or heritage alone, Dubuisson provides fresh insights into understanding the Kazakh worldview that will serve students, researchers, GMOs, and policymakers in the region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822964605
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 06/19/2017
Series: Central Eurasia in Context Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,166,420
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Eva-Marie Dubuisson is assistant professor of anthropology at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Note on the Cover Art xi

A Note on Transcription and Transliteration xiii

A Note on Fieldwork and Method xv

Introduction: An Ancestral Worldview 3

1 Bata and Blessing

2 Guardians of the Ancestors 56

3 Ancestry in Aitys Poetry 84

4 Dialogic Authority 106

Conclusion: Participatory Politics 133

Notes 145

References 157

Index 169

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