definition, however, Russia is treated as a ‘welfare state’ in the sense that it explicitly aims to ensure a decent standard of living for its citizens, as a social right, through such channels as social security, social services, regulation and involvement in labor and housing markets, housing policy
standard of living in society was based, to a large extent, on workplaces and those services that they provided. The achievements of an enterprise were measured not in money or in tons produced, but in the size, education and skill composition of the labor force, the number of houses built, kindergartens
, 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
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.
of Muslim identity, these “life-cycle” events have also been analyzed for their capacity to enact community membership.
For Svetlana Jacquesson, a Durkheimian quality is emphasized with participation as a means through which the “social identity” or “solidarity” of the living is affirmed
revered in northern Kazakhstan. The performance was not alife-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
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
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
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’.
Apart from the risk of death, however, migrant journalists in general, and
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