This collection brings together a variety of anthropological, historical and sociological case studies from Central Asia and the Caucasus to examine the concept of translocality. The chapters scrutinize the capacity of translocality to describe, in new ways, the multiple mobilities, exchange practices and globalizing processes that link places, people and institutions in Central Asia and the Caucasus with others in Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates.
Illuminating translocality as a productive concept for studying cross‐regional connectivities and networks, this volume is an important contribution to a lively field of academic discourse. Following new directions in Area Studies, the chapters aim to overcome 'territorial containers' such as the nation‐state or local community, and instead emphasize the significance of processes of translation and negotiation for understanding how meaningful localities emerge beyond conventional boundaries.
Structured by the four themes 'crossing boundaries', 'travelling ideas', 'social and economic movements' and 'pious endeavours', this volume proposes three conceptual approaches to translocality: firstly, to trace how it is embodied, narrated, virtualized or institutionalized within or in reference to physical or imagined localities; secondly, to understand locality as a relational concept rather than a geographically bounded unit; and thirdly, to consider cross‐border traders, travelling students, business people and refugees as examples of non-elite mobilities that provide alternative ways to think about what 'global' means today.
Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas will be of interest to students and scholars of the anthropology, history and sociology of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as for those interested in new approaches to Area Studies.
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Table of Contents
Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus: A Translocal Perspective
Crossing Boundaries: Mobilities Then and Now
Emigration Within, Across, and Beyond Central Asia in the Early Soviet Period from a Perspective of Translocality
Crossing Economic and Cultural Boundaries: Tajik Middlemen in the Translocal 'Dubai Business' Sector
Travelling Ideas: Sacred and Secular
Sacred Lineages in Central Asia: Translocality and Identity
Explicating Translocal Organization of Everyday Life: Stories From Rural Uzbekistan
A Sense of Multiple Belonging: Translocal Relations and Narratives of Change Within a Dungan Community
Movements from Below: Economic and Social
'New History' as a Translocal Field
Informal Trade and Globalization in the Caucasus and Post-Soviet Eurasia
The Economics of Translocality - Epistemographic Observations from Fieldwork on Traders In(-Between) Russia, China, and Kyrgyzstan
Pious Endeavours: Near and Far
iPhones, Emotions, Mediations: Tracing Translocality in the Pious Endeavours of Tajik Migrants in the United Arab Emirates
Translocality and the Folding of Post-Soviet Urban Space in Bishkek: Hijrah from 'Botanika' to 'Botanicheskii Jamaat'
On Transitive Concepts and Local Imaginations - Studying Mobilities from a Translocal Perspective