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Harnessing Fortune: Personhood, Memory and Place in Mongolia

Rebecca M. Empson


Based on long-term fieldwork with herding families along the Mongolian-Russian border, this book examines how people tend to past memories in their homes while navigating new ways of accumulating wealth and fortune in the face of political and economic uncertainties. It is at this intersection, where the politics of tending to the past and the morality of new means of accumulating wealth come together to shape intimate social relations, that the book reveals an innovative area for the study of kinship in anthropology. It combines personal experience with ethnographic insight.

Keywords: herding families, Mongolian-Russian border, wealth, morality, social relations, kinship, anthropology, fieldwork, memories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264737
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca M. Empson, author
Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University College, London