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Living Language in Kazakhstan
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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, the peoples of Central Asia 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. The ancestral dialog serves as 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. A Note on the Cover Art
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. A Note on Transcription and Transliteration
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. A Note on Fieldwork and Method
  2. pp. xv-xxiv
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  1. Introduction: An Ancestral Worldview
  2. pp. 3-24
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  1. One. Bata and Blessing
  2. pp. 25-55
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  1. Two. Guardians of the Ancestors
  2. pp. 56-83
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  1. Three. Ancestry in Aitys Poetry
  2. pp. 84-105
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  1. Four. Dialogic Authority
  2. pp. 106-132
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  1. Conclusion. Participatory Politics
  2. pp. 133-144
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 145-156
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  1. References
  2. pp. 157-168
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. Back Cover
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