„Horizons of identity”. Buryat local communities in Mongolia Cover Image

„Horyzonty tożsamości”. Buriackie społeczności lokalne w Mongolii
„Horizons of identity”. Buryat local communities in Mongolia

Author(s): Wojciech Połeć
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore, Culture and social structure , Environmental interactions
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Buryats; Mongolia; local communities; religious beliefs; identity; shamanism; Buddhism; oboo; nutag

Summary/Abstract: The article is focusing on the Buryat local communities in eastern Mongolia and raises the issue of the role of local communities and local places of worship in building identity at the mesostructural level, which may be considered to be the basic level of identity references. These considerations are based on qualitative research conducted in July and August 2019 in eastern Mongolia in four Buryat local communities. The author tries to show that the use of the category of local communities as a starting point for analyses is a fruitful strategy for placing the studied communities in wider social, cultural and political contexts. The article is an attempt to use the categories related to the notion of local communities to describe Buryat local communities in Mongolia and to show how non-European examples of local communities can enrich sociological reflection on local communities and different types of identities. The title “Horizons of Identity” refers to the achievements of landscape anthropology, which inspired the author in the preparation of this work.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 77
  • Page Range: 55-74
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish