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Genealogy 2018, 2(4), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy2040053 (registering DOI)

Kyrgyz Genealogies and Lineages: Histories, Everyday Life and Patriarchal Institutions in Northwestern Kyrgyzstan

Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University, Box 631, 751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 23 November 2018 / Accepted: 4 December 2018 / Published: 8 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nations in Time: Genealogy, History and the Narration of Time)
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Abstract

Uruu patrilineages and genealogical narratives about them are important aspects of Kyrgyz social practice and reflect some tensions and contradictions in contemporary Kyrgyz self-understanding and identities. This article explores the complex relationship of patrilineal kinship to historical knowledge and lived social experience in northwestern Kyrgyzstan. The contrasting situations of men and women within patrilineages are analyzed to reveal the shifting relationships of gender, genealogy and patrilineal kinship. Local meanings and uses of genealogy and history are shown to differ from those developed at the national level as part of Kyrgyz nation-building: Narratives about local lineages and their heroes portray different sacred and social worlds than those about the hierarchical world of elite politics and the military feats of national heroes.
Keywords: descent; kinship; sanjïra; genealogy; history; Kyrgyzstan; gender; patriarchy descent; kinship; sanjïra; genealogy; history; Kyrgyzstan; gender; patriarchy
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Light, N. Kyrgyz Genealogies and Lineages: Histories, Everyday Life and Patriarchal Institutions in Northwestern Kyrgyzstan. Genealogy 2018, 2, 53.

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