Mongols From Country to City
Floating Boundaries, Pastoralism and City Life in the Mongol Lands
edited by Ole Bruun & Li Narangoa
332 pp., illustrated
NIAS Studies in Asian Topics # 34
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• Brings focus and a wealth of new material not previously published to a previously sparse and fragmented field of study.
• Combines the work of several internationally recognized scholars with that of a group of young but innovative new scholars.
This volume examines the process of cultural change in Mongol societies since the early twentieth century by considering
1. the interaction of the basic structural features of pastoral nomadism in Mongolia with larger economies, both communist and capitalist;
2. the effect of deliberate cultural reconstruction (ranging from changes to the education system to purges and outright cultural destruction) on the conduct of the pastoral economy and;br>
3. the efforts of Mongols themselves to develop aspects of their own cultural identity under conditions of territorial partition, episodes of intense political repression, and (in the Russian and Chinese regions) very substantial immigration by non-Mongol groups.
In particular, this volume examines those modernization processes entailed in urbanization, secularization, industrialization, democratization and national identity formation. A central question is to what extent these take a different shape in a pastoral society as compared to an ’ordinary’
sedentary agricultural society.
Notes on Contributors
1. A New Moment in Mongol History: The Rise of the Cosmopolitan City (Ole Bruun and Li Narangoa)
2. The Rise of Cities in Nomadic Mongolia (Alicia Campi)
3. Municipalization and Ethnopolitics in Inner Mongolia (Uradyn E. Bulag)
4. Where is the Centre? The Spatial Distribution of Power in Post-Socialist Rural Mongolia (Morten A. Pedersen)
5. Facing Gender Challenges in Post-Socialist Mongolia (Ann Fenger Benwell)
6. The Rural and the Urban in Pastoral Mongolia (David Sneath)
7. Nomadic Herders and the Urban Attraction (Ole Bruun)
8. Namkhainyambuu and the Changes in the Herding Economy of Mongolia (Mary and Morris Rossabi)
9. A Preliminary Study of Buddhism in Present-Day Mongolia (Agata Bareja-Starzynska and Hanna Havnevik)
10. From Shamanist Healing to Scientific Medicine: Bonesetters in Mongolia (Li Narangoa and Li Altanjula)
11. Shamanism in Transition: the Shadow to the Light (Laetitia Merli)
12. Buddhism in Buryatia: Past and Present (Tsymzhit Vanchikova)
13. Beyond the Soviet Houses of Culture: Responses to Cultural Policies in Contemporary Mongolia (Peter K. Marsh)
Ole Bruun is Associate Professor at Roskilde University’s Institute for Society and Globalization. Besides working on fengshui and Asian perceptions of nature in general, he is a leading scholar on Mongolian studies.
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