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A Study on Cultural Transformation of the Kazakh Nationality in Xinjiang 新疆哈萨克族文化转型研究

 Author: Xialipuhan Abudali  Category: Central Asia, Chinese Scholarship, Culture, History, Identity, Transition, Xinjiang  Publisher: Xinjiang People's Press  Publication Date: 2010  Buy Now

Abdali’s monograph is an excellent work with both important theoretical and academic value and strong practical significance. Abdali made an in-depth analysis of the cultural transformation of the Kazakhs in China as a case study of ethnic minorities in the context of the Chinese nation and in that of even global modernization, and put forward many valuable and original insights. The book enriches and complements our knowledge of cultural transformation issues. The author believes that cultural transformation is a historical and comprehensive transcendence and sublimation of the traditional national culture, and a dialectical denial of the old culture; the objective requirement of the modern transformation of the Kazakh national culture is that traditional culture is “naturalism and the empirical model of grassland culture” must be adapted to modern production and way of life. From this, he demonstrated the historical inevitability of the emergence of the two modern Kazakh enlightenment scholars, Abai Kunanbayev and Tangalek Choled, and fully affirmed the important role of ideological and cultural enlightenment work in the period of national cultural transformation. He analyzed the connection, difference and interaction of the concepts of “social transformation” and “cultural transformation”; The logical connection of cultural crisis, cultural reflection and cultural transformation is deeply discussed, and it is pointed out that cultural reflection is a rational response to cultural crisis. It is the driving force for cultural transformation; it also sorts out the rational growth process accompanied by reflection in the contemporary Kazakh intellectual circles.