Women of Mongolia
- PUBLISHED: October 1996
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 188 Pages, Trim size data not found for this book., 98 illus.,.
- ISBN: 9780937321058
For decades preceding 1990, Mongolia's economy was supported by the Soviet Union. For the past several years the country has been undergoing extreme change in economic structure as well as social organization. The 30 women in this book discuss the changes in specific, pesonal terms but, as a counterpoint, confirm a tenacious sense of tradition. Weather conditions are extreme in Mongolia: winter temperatures hover between 30 to 40 degrees below zero. The high plateau that Mongolia sits on has preserved a uniquely Mongolian lifestyle. The women of Mongolia celebrate that lifestyle in this book, as they face an uncertain future with strength and optimism.
Women of Mongolia is a vivid, colorful, and extremely informative description of the changes and continuities in the lives of Mongolian women..Ms. Avery allows the women to speak for themselves, providing the reader with fascinating insights and vignettes. She has interviewed a remarkable variety of women—-from yak herders to anthropologists to street sweepers to ambassadors, all of whom have been influenced by the recent transformations in the Mongolian economy and society.- Morris Rossabi, Columbia University
Self—reliance has always been a necessary condition of life on the steppe, and this habit of mind has not stopped at the city gates. These are vigorous, strong women who take on challenges. Resourcefulness and resilience forma general theme of the book, and are what struck me when I began to meet Mongolian women.- Martha Avery, from the Preface