The Genealogical Construction of the Kyrgyz Republic: Kinship, State and ‘Tribalism’
Author: David Gullette University of Cambridge
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: BRILL/Global Oriental
Date: September 23, 2010
File: 12mb pdf
This book explores the conceptions of genealogy, kinship and ‘tribalism’ in the intertwined construction of personhood and national identity in the Kyrgyz Republic. It makes an important contribution to several theoretical and regional debates. First, it engages with broader anthropological literature. Genealogy, a central theme of the work, is explored not only as an analysis of relationships, but also as a methodological tool through which to examine society. Second, the book contributes to theories of kinship and the state. Research provides detailed accounts of Soviet and post-Soviet transformations, and their influence on people’s everyday lives. Third, the book fills a gap in Central/InnerAsian literature by focusing on social relations during a period of political upheaval.