"Integration and Conflict Studies" Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale and Berghahn Books
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Economic anthropology, political economy and social change, post-socialist transformation, pastoralism, nationalism, identity and migration studies, norms and ideology, social theory
Central Asia, Middle East, post-socialist societies
Peter Finke studied Anthropology and Central Asian Studies in Munich, Göttingen, and Berlin. He holds a MA from Free University Berlin (1994) and a PhD from Köln University (1999). Since 1991 he has conducted field research among Kazak pastoralists in western Mongolia and the effects that the transformation from a socialist to a market-like economy had on the livelihoods of people. Together with Meltem Sancak he also worked among Kazaks who had migrated from China to Kazakstan after the latter's independence. In 2000 he joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology where he is doing research on collective identity in Uzbekistan. In 2002/2003 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of New Hampshire, U.S.A., and in 2004/2005 at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Since August 2005 he is an Associate Professor and Head of the Research Group on Central Asia at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.