Life in a Muslim Uzbek Village: Cotton Farming After Communism CSCA

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Cengage Learning, Feb 26, 2010 - Social Science - 192 pages
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LIFE IN A MUSLIM UZBEK VILLAGE: COTTON FARMING AFTER COMMUNISM aims to 'identify and explain aspects of Uzbek cultural life in a farming village on a 'kolkhoz' (collective farm) that account for both cultural patterns and culture change. This case study depicts the cultural changes and continuities that have occurred as a result of Uzbekistan's recent political independence from the Soviet Union. It describes, from the author's own experience and understanding of Uzbek rural life, how the production and global exportation of cotton has brought new challenges and opportunities to contemporary Uzbek citizens. Students will see how vital cotton is to the modern Uzbek way of life as a means through which the people generate the bulk of their country's wealth (and, as a result, their own autocratic society). In light of their changing environs, the people of Uzbekistan have been forced to negotiate a new identity and culture for themselves in relation to their country, their continent, and the rest of the world.
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Contents

Just Getting from Here to There in Uzbekistan
1
Historical Connections and Todays Kolkhoz
32
The Kolkhoz as Plantation
64
Cuisine Celebrations and Ceremonies
90
Running on Empty Surviving on the Kolkhoz
127
Uzbekistans Cotton Home Economics and the Larger World
159
Conclusion
186
Bibliography
198
Index
203
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Russell Zanca is an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He completed his PhD at the University of Illinois in 1999, and this case study grew out of his engagement in a variety of anthropological projects in Uzbekistan over the last thirteen years ranging from culinary history to a socio-economic profile of pastoralism. Dr. Zanca has published several journal articles and is currently working on another manuscript entitled 'Everyday Life in Central Asia.' He has received numerous research grants and awards for teaching excellence and regularly gives papers and lectures at prominent meetings.

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