485 Seiten, Hardcover,
15,5 cm x 22,5 cm, 2021
This volume explores how futures are imagined in different sections of Mongolian societies. The research presented in the chapters focuses on the 20th and 21st century and comprises a wide range of topics and disciplinary approaches. The authors address questions such as: How do narratives of heritage, modernity and progress play out in specific contexts? What gives direction and hope at various levels of life, and why? How far is reliance on national pride suitable to address the problems of today? What kinds of people are currently playing a role in dispelling a “post-socialist hangover” and are working to create a better future?
Cross-cutting themes are the management of change, the significance of nutag (home-)land concepts, the struggle for recognition and questions of sustainability. Dynamic social practices explored in this book range from narrating development, migration, rural-urban networking, hip-hop, historiography, displaying status, internet shamanism, Buddhist and cultural revival strategies to funeral rituals. The 14 papers by experienced scholars as well as younger researchers are representative of the variety of views, research coverage and themes that are now current in the field of Mongolian studies.
Ines Stolpe is Professor of Mongolian Studies at the University of Bonn. After graduating in Comparative Education and Mongolian Studies in Berlin and Ulaanbaatar, she obtained her PhD in Central Asian Studies from Humboldt University, Berlin, on the interdependencies of social and spatial mobility in contemporary Mongolia. Her research interests and areas of teaching include Mongolian language, cultural and political history and social change, politics of remembrance, civil society, educational philosophy, and post-socialist studies.
Judith Nordby completed a PhD on 20th century Mongolian history in 1988 at the University of Leeds. She was head of Mongolian Studies at Leeds from 1988 to 2012. She provided reports on the politics and economy of contemporary Mongolia for the Economist Intelligence Unit for several years and was a regular participant in the Mongol-British Round Table. Since she retired in 2012 she has continued her research into contemporary Mongolian affairs and acts as a consultant on matters Mongolian.