Born Kyrgyz, Raised as Russians and Buried as Arabs. Negotiating Childhood and Personhood in Kyrgyzstan

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Dokumentart: Book
Date: 2023-07-31
Source: RessourcenKulturen ; 23
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Ethnologie
DDC Classifikation: 200 - Religion
300 - Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
900 - History
Keywords: Kind
Other Keywords: Mensch-Sein
lokale Praktiken
soziale Veränderungen
healthy growth
local values and practices
social change
ISBN: 978-3-947251-79-7
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This book introduces readers to an ethnography about children in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan and the values associated with their upbringing from local people’s own point of views. The author, who conducted her research in Kochkor, a village in northern Kyrgyzstan, approaches the topic of children and their childhood through the prism of ‘healthy growth’. In the local context, ideas about healthy growth of children are not limited to their physical, mental or emotional development; it also includes bringing up ‘culturally educated’ members of society with proper moral values, as well as the conduct of culturally determined health-related and life-cycle rituals. Discourses on the healthy development of children are presented through the voices of the people of Kochkor about Kyrgyz cultural practices, the increasing role of Islam, modernity and globalisation in Kyrgyzstan and how these dynamics have changed their perceptions of children and their childhoods. Therefore, this book can also be seen as an ethnographic study of the social changes in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan that are shaping and re-shaping the values, worldviews and daily practices of local people.

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