The author introduces the study made by the Soviet ethnographer G. P. Snesarev as the unique scientific analysis of gaps and ziyafats—two denominations of traditional partying in Transoxiana.  Through a comparison between the ‘traditional’ model for the organisation of this sociability as studied by Snesarev, on the first hand, and their present-day forms, on the second, the author has tried to measure the impact on them of Soviet culture.  In both cases, the freedom of affiliation choice enjoyed by participants is underlined by the commentators—becoming during the second half of the twentieth century an element of resistance of the individuals against totalitarianism.

The Redaction
CER: I-1.2.A-42