Creating Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asia

Breed, Ananda, Dubuisson, Eva-Marie and Igmen, Ali, eds. (2020) Creating Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asia. Palgrave Pivot, London. ISBN 9783030586843

Official URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030586843

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Abstract

This book brings together historical and ethnographic research from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Xianjiang, 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 intellectuals, cultural organisers, 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 given, but as coming into being?

Keywords:Post-Soviet Central Asia, China, Socialist Multiculturalism, Performance, Liminality, Cultural Forms
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:42853
Deposited On:03 Nov 2020 13:00

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