Harnessing Fortune: Personhood, Memory and Place in Northeast Mongolia

Hardcover | June 30, 2011

byRebecca M. Empson

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This is the first detailed ethnography of rural Mongolian nomadic life since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Based on long-term fieldwork with migrant herding families who traverse the Northern Mongolian-Russian border, the volume explores how intimate social relationships and identities are drawn upon to engage with new political and economic uncertainties. The attention to various forms of materialculture, including photographs, embroideries, and changing household furnishings among nomadic families sheds light on how social remembering and networks of knowledge transfer make use of the material culture of the home.Combining personal experience with methodological transparency and ethnographic insight, this volume will be essential reading for social anthropologists and those with an interest in East Asia and post-socialist countries.

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This is the first detailed ethnography of rural Mongolian nomadic life since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Based on long-term fieldwork with migrant herding families who traverse the Northern Mongolian-Russian border, the volume explores how intimate social relationships and identities are drawn upon to engage with new political an...

Dr. Rebecca M. Empson is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at University College, London.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:June 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197264735

ISBN - 13:9780197264737

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