By G. Uehling
Within the ultimate days of worldwide conflict II, Stalin ordered the deportation of the complete Crimean Tatar inhabitants, approximately 200,000 humans. past reminiscence deals the 1st ethnographic exploration of this occasion, in addition to the 50 yr circulation for repatriation. some of the Crimean Tatars have back in a strategy that comprises squatting on vacant land and self-immolation. Uehling asks how they grew to become keen to die for his or her nationwide collectivity. She offers a fine-grained research of ways "memories," sentiments, and desires of a fatherland by no means obvious got here to be shared. Uehling indicates the second-generation has an incredibly instrumental position to play. the best way little ones right and intrude in parental narratives, dissidents problem interrogators, and audio system borrow and exchange strains index this social element of reminiscence.
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For example, one consultant used the diminutive “my little Mongol” in an affectionate and joking way with his wife. Another important modality is scholarship: works such as Murat Adzhi’s (1994) book on the history of the Turkic peoples, Polyn’ Polovetskogo Polia, explore the intricacies of Turkic origins and suggest the linking of Tatar and Mongol into one hyphenated word is a gross oversimplification of a long history that has been warped almost beyond recognition by the Russian political agenda of portraying themselves as civilized and powerful.
22 Most of the interviewing was conducted in Russian, a language the researcher is fluent in. The researcher also learned some Crimean Tatar in the field and selected interviews were conducted in Crimean Tatar with the aid of an interpreter. However, Russian was the primary language because the Tatars’ experience in diaspora, and the language policies of the Soviet regime resulted in significant linguistic Russification. So while most report Crimean Tatar is their “native language” (rodnoi) they are more comfortable speaking in Russian on many, but of course not all, topics.
In Central Asia, I had to take a different approach to obtain a sample as diverse as possible. I did this by interviewing in four cities in Uzbekistan and one in Tajikistan beginning in April 1998. I started with contacts provided by informants living in Crimea. In Uzbekistan, the consultants were located in two large urban areas and two small towns. In Tajikistan, they were located in or near the cities of Khojent and Chkalovsk, where most of the Crimean Tatars left in Tajikistan are concentrated.
Beyond Memory: The Crimean Tatars' Deportation and Return (Anthropology, History and the Critical Imagination) by G. Uehling