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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, and Damn the Dictatorship

Concepts and Conduct of Well-Being in Uzbekistan

Russell Zanca

, and flat screen televisions, the chance to vacation in Greece, or the desire to own a luxury home; villagers are well aware of all these things (many even are covetous!), but the idea of living well and enjoying one’s life has plenty to do with desires and expectations tempered by the patterns of

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David W. Montgomery

with all she needs in life is away, displays herself to others. There are three others you need not ask about: a man who competes with Allah for His cloak, His cloak being majesty and His wrap being glory; a man who doubts the works of Allah; and the one who despairs the mercy of Allah. — Muhammad

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Ulan Bigozhin

revered in northern Kazakhstan. The performance was not a life-changing event. It did not attract national media coverage and the wrestling matches also present during the festival were much more popular. However, this play was one of many commemorative events put on in Kazakhstan in 2012. This festival

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Madeleine Reeves, Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia (Ithaca, ny: Cornell University Press, 2014)

Fergana apricot merchants offering their wares in the larger Russian cities, competing against compatriots from neighboring villages and adapting to life abroad (Chapter 3) does not immediately seem relevant in a book about “border work.” Similarly, the biography of an ethnically mixed professional

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Darya Malyutina

that Ukrainians were his sisters and brothers, and he actually earned the right to call them so and be one of us, not only by living the life of a Ukrainian, but, as it turned out, by dying the death of a Ukrainian’. 3 Apart from the risk of death, however, migrant journalists in general, and

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Doug Blum

empirical material by means of life stories, participant observation, discourse analysis, surveys, and oral history. Her major ethnographic material comes from Qarotegin, a southern region in Tajikistan, complimented by the material she gathered in the capital city, Dushanbe, and other parts of Tajikistan

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Sophie Roche

enormously improved its use of technology since the mid-2000s. Young employees spend their time listening to critical music, phone calls, and recordings of other “suspicious activities.” If a suspect is found, a committee will work on this individual, giving the person concerned the sense that his life is in

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Ulan Bigozhin

case. At the top of the second page is printed Zhandarbek’s personal wish to Z.: “Let the mountain on which you climb be high!” This is a traditional Kazakh proverb for wishing success in life. Right under Zhandarbek’s wish is a short biography of Z., including a small picture of him posing near the

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Cholpon Turdalieva and Rene Provis

as honor, dignity, and moral obligation, is another important motivating factor in the staging of toi . In order to maintain one’s namyz , important life events such as births, marriages, and deaths must be marked with toi . Namyz is thus essential for understanding how power and prestige are

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Yaacov Ro’i and Alon Wainer

Muslim group, and eight as Tatars (the sole remaining respondent is a Kabardin). Citizens of Uzbekistan who are not members of a traditionally Muslim ethnic group were excluded from the sample a priori. Respondents come from different parts of the country, with over one-third (76 in all) living presently