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

Author: Judith Beyer
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2016]
Series: Central Eurasia in context.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Beyer
ISBN: 9780822964209 0822964201
OCLC Number: 951158316
Description: xxvi, 244 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Invoking custom --
Histories of legal plurality --
Settling descent --
Imagining the state --
Performing authority --
Buying and paying respect --
Taking and giving carpets --
Taming custom --
Conclusion. Ordering everyday life in Kyrgyzstan.
Series Title: Central Eurasia in context.
Responsibility: Judith Beyer.

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