Anxiety, order, and the other: Well-being among ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks
Central Asian Survey
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.
religion, power, symbol, Islam, hospitality, food, Central Asia
Noor O'Neill Borbieva (2013).
Anxiety, order, and the other: Well-being among ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks. Central Asian Survey.32 (4), 501-513.