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Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan (Hardback)
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Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 20/11/2001
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In the 1990s, the former states of the Soviet Union underwent dramatic and revolutionary changes. As a result of enforced, neoliberal reforms the fledgling republics were exposed to the familiar effects of globalised capital. Focusing on Kazakhstan, where violence and corruption are now facts of everyday life, Joma Nazpary examines the impact of the new capitalism on the people of Central Asia.

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
ISBN: 9780745315034
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Nazpary's brilliant analysis of post-Soviet Kazakhstan reflects the author's deep ethnographic immersion in the everyday life-worlds of those inhabitants of Almaty' -- John Gledhill, Manchester University
'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

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