Socialist Modernisation in Mongolia as Narrated after Socialism

Socialist Modernisation in Mongolia as Narrated after Socialism Socialist Modernisation in Mongolia as Narrated after Socialism YUKI KONAGAYA National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan yuki@idc.minpaku.acjp ABSTRACT In this article I introduce our collection of oral histories composed oflife histories recorded between 2001 and 2006. First, I discuss some devices implemented in the process of collecting life histories, which was to make oral histories 'poly- phonic'. I then suggest that oral history always has a 'dual'tense, in that people talk about 'the past' from the view point of 'the present'. This is illustrated by six cases of statesmen narrating their views about socialist modernisation. Finally, using one of the cases, I demonstrate the co-existence of non-official or private opinions along with official opinions about the socialist period in life-history nar- ratives in the post-socialist period. I call this 'ex-post value'. Keywords: narrative, oral history, socialist modernisation, post-transition, Mongolia INTRODUCTION The four-volume book entitled Narrative Methods (Atkinson & Delamont 2006) is a collection of articles from various journals, such as Oral History, Qualitative Inquiry and others, with the purpose of emphasising the importance of 'narra- tive', a concept that has prevailed extensively within the humanities and social sciences over the past two decades. The editors of these volumes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Socialist Modernisation in Mongolia as Narrated after Socialism

Inner Asia, Volume 12 (1): 5 – Jan 1, 2010

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Socialist Modernisation in Mongolia as Narrated after Socialism YUKI KONAGAYA National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan yuki@idc.minpaku.acjp ABSTRACT In this article I introduce our collection of oral histories composed oflife histories recorded between 2001 and 2006. First, I discuss some devices implemented in the process of collecting life histories, which was to make oral histories 'poly- phonic'. I then suggest that oral history always has a 'dual'tense, in that people talk about 'the past' from the view point of 'the present'. This is illustrated by six cases of statesmen narrating their views about socialist modernisation. Finally, using one of the cases, I demonstrate the co-existence of non-official or private opinions along with official opinions about the socialist period in life-history nar- ratives in the post-socialist period. I call this 'ex-post value'. Keywords: narrative, oral history, socialist modernisation, post-transition, Mongolia INTRODUCTION The four-volume book entitled Narrative Methods (Atkinson & Delamont 2006) is a collection of articles from various journals, such as Oral History, Qualitative Inquiry and others, with the purpose of emphasising the importance of 'narra- tive', a concept that has prevailed extensively within the humanities and social sciences over the past two decades. The editors of these volumes

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Inner AsiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: ORAL HISTORY; POST-TRANSITION; NARRATIVE; SOCIALIST MODERNISATION; MONGOLIA

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