Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan (Hardback)Joma Nazpary (author)
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Nazpary explores the responses of the dispossessed to their dispossession. He uncovers the construction of 'imagined communities', grounded in Soviet nostalgia, which serve to resist the economic order, as well as the more practical survival strategies, especially of women, often forced into prostitution where they are subject to violence and stigma. By revealing the extent to which Kazakh society has disintegrated and the cultural responses to it, Nazpary argues that dispossession has been a stronger unifying force than even ethnicity or religion.
Comparing the effects of neoliberal reforms in Kazakhstan with those in other regions, he concludes that causes, forms and consequences of dispossession in Kazakhstan are particular instances of a much wider global trend.
Publisher: Pluto Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 21 mm
'A wonderfully vivid account of the 'chaos' people see around them in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. An insightful exploration of the ways and means of the dispossessed in an unpredictable world' -- Caroline Humphrey
'The most important book you can read about Central Asia' -- Jonathan Neale, Bookmarks