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The Resource The force of custom : law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan, Judith Beyer

The force of custom : law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan, Judith Beyer

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The force of custom : law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan
Title
The force of custom
Title remainder
law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan
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Judith Beyer
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "The Force of Custom presents a finely textured ethnographic study that sheds new light on the legal and moral ordering of everyday life in northwestern Kyrgyzstan. Through her extensive fieldwork and firsthand experience, Judith Beyer reveals how Kyrgyz in Talas province negotiate proper behavior and regulate disputes by invoking custom, known to the locals as salt. While salt is presented as age-old tradition, its invocation is shown to be a highly developed and flexible rhetorical strategy that people adapt in order to meet the challenges of contemporary political, legal, economic, and religious environments. Officially, codified state law should take precedence when it comes to dispute resolution, yet the unwritten laws of salt and the increasing importance of Islamic law provide the standards for ordering everyday life. As Beyer further demonstrates, interpretations of both Islamic and state law are also intrinsically linked to salt. By interweaving case studies on kinship, legal negotiations, festive events, mourning rituals, and political and business dealings, Beyer shows how salt is the binding element in rural Kyrgyz social life and how it is used to explain and negotiate moral behavior and to postulate communal identity. In this way, salt provides a time-tested, sustainable source of authentication that defies changes in government and the shifting tides of religious movements"--
  • "Judith Beyer presents a finely textured ethnographic study that sheds new light on the legal and moral ordering of everyday life in northwestern Kyrgyzstan. Beyer shows how local Kyrgyz negotiate proper behavior and regulate disputes by invoking custom, known to the locals as salt. While salt is presented as age-old tradition, its invocation needs to be understood as a highly developed and flexible rhetorical strategy that people adapt to suit political, legal, economic, and religious environments"--
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Beyer, Judith
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Central Eurasia in context series
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  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Kyrgyz
  • Ethnology
  • National characteristics, Kyrgyz
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The force of custom : law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan, Judith Beyer
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-228) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxvi, 244 pages
Isbn
9780822964209
Lccn
2016039764
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)951158316
Label
The force of custom : law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan, Judith Beyer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-228) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxvi, 244 pages
Isbn
9780822964209
Lccn
2016039764
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)951158316

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