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AAN Co-authorship: Article on families during conflict in Central Asia

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Acta Via Serica, 1 June 2020

Families visiting the shrine of Khwaja Abu Nasr Parsa at Balkh, near Mazar-e Sharif, spring 2005. Photo: Thomas Ruttig.

AAN researcher Reza Kazemi has co-authored the article “Family Matters: The Making and Remaking of Family during Conflict Periods in Central Asia” for the peer reviewed journal ” in the June 2020 issue of Acta Via Serica: Journal for Silk Road and Central Asian Studies, published by Keimyung University at Daegu, Republic of (South) Korea. The other co-authors are Sophie Roche and Swetlana Torno (both from Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies).

The article is open access and can be downloaded in PDF format here.

Here bibliographical data:


Vol. 5, No. 1, June 2020: 153–186 

doi: 10.22679/avs.2020.5.1.006

And here the abstract of the article:

The family as a social institution has survived most diverse political periods and appears resilient or at least able to reconstitute itself even in the aftermath of destructive events such as wars. Age at first marriage is one possibility to systematize the strategies that families follow in times of internal conflicts (e.g., civil wars), external interventions or peaceful times. The authors found that age at first marriage correlates with socio-political events whereas perceptions of insecurity lead to a decline in marital age. This paper is based on three case studies that the authors have conducted through ethnographic methods among Tajiks in the cities Kulob, Khujand, and Mazar-e Sharif in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Combining Grounded Theory with the genealogical methods from social anthropology in order to generate demographic data, the authors introduce the method of grounded demography as a way to generate demographic data through ethnographic methods. Grounded demography offers a way to produce statistical data grounded in ethnographic research.


Central Asia conflict family Reza Kazemi