Title

Anxiety, order, and the other: Well-being among ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Source

Central Asian Survey

Volume

32

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

501-513

DOI

10.1080/02634937.2013.863915

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Neither well-being nor suffering can be understood without understanding how the two experiences are related. In this paper, the author focuses on the experiences of well-being and suffering in everyday, mundane contexts, such as food preparation, cleaning and hospitality. Data presented are drawn from fieldwork conducted among ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan, shortly after independence. The author discusses how the experiences of well-being and suffering are informed by symbolic systems that are linked to religious beliefs. This examination contributes to an understanding of the power of religious symbols, arguing that the expectations of well-being or suffering make systems of religious symbols more compelling.

Keywords

religion, power, symbol, Islam, hospitality, food, Central Asia

Disciplines

Anthropology

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