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- DescriptionThe peoples of Greater Central Asia - t only Inner Asian states of Soviet Union but also those who share similar heritages in adjacent countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iran, and the Chinese province of Xinjiang - have been drawn into more direct and immediate contact since the Soviet collapse. Infrastructural improvements, and the race by the great powers for access to the region's vital natural resources, have allowed these peoples to develop closer ties with each other and the wider world, creating new interdependencies, and fresh opportunities for interaction and the exercise of influence. They are being integrated into a new, wider ecomic and political region which is increasingly significant in world affairs, owing to its strategically central location, and its complex and uncertain politics. However, most of its inhabitants are pre-eminently concerned with familial and local affairs. This work examines the viewpoints and concerns of a selection of groups in terms of four issues: government repression, ethnic group perspectives, devices of mutual support, and informal grounds of authority and influence. Responding to a need for in-depth studies concerning the social structures and practices in the region, the book examines trends and issues from the point of view of scholars who have lived and worked on the ground and have sought to understand the conditions and concerns of people in rural as well as urban settings. It provides a distinctive and timely perspective on this vital part of the world.
- Author BiographyRobert L. Canfield is Professor of Anthropology at Washington University, St. Louis, USA. His many publications include (as co-editor) Revolutions and Rebellions in Afganistan, and (as editor) Turko-Persia in Historical Perspective. Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek is Associate Professor in the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria.
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication08/09/2010
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleCentral Asian Studies
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note1 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables, 2 black & white halftones
- Weight544 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byGabriele Rasuly-Paleczek,Robert L. Canfield
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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