This short paper on the kelin salom (a women’s ritual for the welcoming of the bride, and part of the tuy marriage ceremony) in Uzbekistan, sheds light on this ritual’s role in maintaining the continuity of traditional familial hierarchies, whilst a wish of modernity is instilled into the construction of an ideal for young women.  Through a socio-musical analysis of the kelin salom in urban area, seen as “sonorous signatures” of family rules, the author replaces identity building between the defence of tradition and the opening towards modernity, in a negotiation process marrying the search of the past and authenticity and a selective acceptation of Occidental values.  The analysis of the “Uzbek familial trope” and of its management by the urban society as well as by the state (represented by television) provides interesting research lines for identity studies in modern-day Central Asia.

Ariane Zevaco, IFRI, Tehran
CER: I-7.4.G-677