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A Look through the Lens at ‘Domesticating Youth’



Sophie Roche’s volume Domesticating Youth: Youth Bulges and their Socio-political Implications in Tajikistan, published last month, is the fruit of her ethnographic labor in the post-Soviet republic of Tajikistan. During her fieldwork in the first decade of the 21st century, the country was in a state of transition following its civil war in the 1990s and subsequent population growth. In an earlier post, which can be read here, the author wrote of her study within the country — specifically how it changed after she left. Following she returns to her story of the country — this time through photos from her fieldwork in three locations within Tajikistan: Jirgatol, Shahritus, and Shahrigul.




Compound (stable for the animals) and hay storage. Jirgatol, 2007



Men sharing food in the teahouse in winter time. Jirgatol 2006



Compound (dwelling) destroyed during the civil war of the 1990s. Shahritus 2007



Groom with his two friends and the peer group welcoming guests. Shahrigul 2006


Photo 4

Bride ready for the religious wedding with her friend that will accompany her in all public ceremonies. Jirgatol 2006



Sophie Roche studied Central Asian Studies and Social Anthropology in Berlin and did long-term fieldwork in Tajikistan while at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, between 2005 and 2010. She has conducted research on the impact of conflicts on individual biographies and on demographic change. Her most recent work focuses on Islam and has resulted in the innovative edited volume, Central Asian Intellectuals on Islam (ZMO Studien 2013).


Volume 8, Integration and Conflict Studies