The Significance of Kazaks’ Nomadism Culture in the Globalization Era.

Jian-min Wang
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Cultural diversity has been emphasized in the discussion of globalization in recent years. The people adapt the environments with the different modes of production, cognize and understand the world in their special conditions, and take the sustainable usage of environmental resources with the empiristic experiences. However the values of the nomadic pastoralists had been depreciated by the theoretical framework combined ideological hypothesis in the partisan worship to modern industrial civilization. The paper want interpret the value and meanings of pastoral cultures around the Central Asian steppes by the anthropological fieldwork in the Kazaks nomads in Xinjiang, China, argue that the subsistence of the nomadic cultures is a very important empiristic cogitation, and is significant to the sustainable development of human societies.

Keywords: Kazak nomadic pastoralist, Cultural survival, Sustainable development
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Jian-min Wang

Professor, School of Ethnology and Sociology, Central University of Nationalities

Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute, 1998-1999, Visiting Professor, HEHSS, France, 2005; the Honour Professor at various universities in China. Main fields of interest include methods of anthropology, anthropology of art, and the culture and history studies of ethnic groups in Xinjiang. The author of “The History of Ethnology in China”, “The Brief History of Xinjiang, 1850-1950”.

Ref: D05P0390