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Not quite shamans : spirit worlds and political lives in northern Mongolia, Morten Axel Pedersen

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Not quite shamans : spirit worlds and political lives in northern Mongolia
Title
Not quite shamans
Title remainder
spirit worlds and political lives in northern Mongolia
Statement of responsibility
Morten Axel Pedersen
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The forms of contemporary society and politics are often understood to be diametrically opposed to any expression of the supernatural; what happens when those forms are themselves regarded as manifestations of spirits and other occult phenomena? In Not Quite Shamans, Morten Axel Pedersen explores how the Darhad people of Northern Mongolia's remote Shishged Valley have understood and responded to the disruptive transition to postsocialism by engaging with shamanic beliefs and practices associated with the past. For much of the twentieth century, Mongolia's communist rulers attempted to eradicate shamanism and the shamans who once served as spiritual guides and community leaders. With the transition from a collectivized economy and a one-party state to a global capitalist market and liberal democracy in the 1990s, the people of the Shishged were plunged into a new and harsh world that seemed beyond their control. 'Not-quite-shamans'-young, unemployed men whose undirected energies erupted in unpredictable, frightening bouts of violence and drunkenness that seemed occult in their excess- became a serious threat to the fabric of community life. Drawing on long-term fieldwork in Northern Mongolia, Pedersen details how, for many Darhads, the postsocialist state itself has become shamanic in nature. In the ideal version of traditional Darhad shamanism, shamans can control when and for what purpose their souls travel, whether to other bodies, landscapes, or worlds. Conversely, caught between uncontrollable spiritual powers and an excessive display of physical force, the 'not-quite-shamans' embody the chaotic forms-the free market, neoliberal reform, and government corruption-that have created such upheaval in peoples lives. As an experimental ethnography of recent political and economic transformations in Mongolia through the defamiliarizing prism of shamans and their lack, Not Quite Shamans is an attempt to write about as well as theorize postsocialism, and shamanism, in a new way
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Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
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Pedersen, Morten Axel
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • charts
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Culture and society after socialism
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shamanism
  • Post-communism
  • Mongolia
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Politics and government
  • Post-communism
  • Shamanism
  • Mongolia
  • Religion
  • Politik
  • Postkommunismus
  • Gesellschaftsleben
  • Schamanismus
  • Mongolei
  • Schamanismus
  • Religion
  • Politik
  • Mongolei
Label
Not quite shamans : spirit worlds and political lives in northern Mongolia, Morten Axel Pedersen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Shamanic states -- The shamanic predicament -- Layered lands, layered minds -- The shaman's two bodies -- Mischievous souls
Control code
ocn732957136
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 250 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801449109
Lccn
2010047278
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801460937
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4r12z
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)732957136
Label
Not quite shamans : spirit worlds and political lives in northern Mongolia, Morten Axel Pedersen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Shamanic states -- The shamanic predicament -- Layered lands, layered minds -- The shaman's two bodies -- Mischievous souls
Control code
ocn732957136
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 250 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801449109
Lccn
2010047278
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801460937
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4r12z
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)732957136

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