Blood Ties and the Native Son

Blood Ties and the Native Son : Poetics of Patronage in Kyrgyzstan

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A pioneering study of kinship, patronage, and politics in Central Asia, Blood Ties and the Native Son tells the story of the rise and fall of a man called Rahim, an influential and powerful patron in rural northern Kyrgyzstan, and of how his relations with clients and kin shaped the economic and social life of the region. Many observers of politics in post-Soviet Central Asia have assumed that corruption, nepotism, and patron-client relations would forestall democratization. Looking at the intersection of kinship ties with political patronage, Aksana Ismailbekova finds instead that this intertwining has in fact enabled democratization-both kinship and patronage develop apace with democracy, although patronage relations may stymie individual political opinion and more

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  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.22mm | 21g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20 b&w illus., 3 maps, 5 tables
  • 0253025281
  • 9780253025289

About Aksana Ismailbekova

Aksana Ismailbekova is an affiliated researcher at Max Planck Institute for Social more

Table of contents

Foreword: On Native Sons, Fake Brothers, and Big Men / Peter FinkeAcknowledgmentsNote on TransliterationList of AcronymsIntroduction: The Native Son and Blood Ties1. Kinship and Patronage in Kyrgyz History2. Scales of Rahim's Kinship: Zooming In and Zooming Out3. "Renewing the Bone": Kinship Categories, Practices and Patronage Networks in Bulak Village 4. The Irony of the Circle of Trust: The Dynamics and Mechanism of Patronage on the Private Farm5. Patronage and Poetics of Democracy6. The Return of the Native Son: The Symbolic Construction of the Election Day7. Rahim's Victory Feast: Political Patronage and Kinship in SolidarityConcluding words: Native son, Democratisation, and Poetics of PatronageGlossary of Local TermsBibliographyIndexshow more