Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia
Life in the Gap
Rebecca M. Empson
Subjective Lives and Economic Transformation in Mongolia details this story through the intimate lives of five women. It explores how they carve out a life for themselves in a landscape that is constantly shifting, while reflecting on past hopes and aspirations. Building on long-term friendships and familiarity with the region, Rebecca attends to the ways these women have come to theorise their experiences of living a ‘life in the gap’, between desired outcomes and actual materialisations. In doing so, and through attention to their different strategies, she offers a re-viewing and re-configuring – to build on the analytical vocabulary developed in the book – of official accounts to describe what is going on in this extractivist-based economy.
In her latest book, based on research carried out for her ERC-funded project Emerging Subjects (2014-2019), Rebecca Empson explores experiences of the fluctuating extractivist-based economy in Mongolia and its impact on ideas about democracy and forms of subjectivity, particularly among women. She has previously worked on issues to do with personhood, ownership, memory and material culture (see Harnessing Fortune, OUP 2011), and more recently to do with the proliferation of temporary forms of possession and ownership in diverse areas in the global economy (see Cultural Anthropology 2019). Rebecca M. Empson is Professor of Anthropology at UCL.
1. When the party was cancelled
2. Democracy and its discontent
3. Loans for care
4. Freedom and movement
5. Networks of exchange
Format: Open Access PDF
5 colour illustrations Illustrations
5 colour illustrations
Copyright: © 2020
Publication: June 01, 2020
Series: Economic Exposures in Asia