Post-Soviet Chaos

Post-Soviet Chaos : Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.57mm | 435.45g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0745315038
  • 9780745315034

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Table of contents

1. Introduction

2. People And Places

3. Bardak: Elements Of Chaos.

4. Networking As A Response To The Chaos

5. Women And Sexualised Strategies: Violence And Stigma

6. Construction Of The Alien: Imagining A Soviet Community

7. Ethnic Tensions

8. Conclusions: Whose Transition?


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Review quote

'The most important book you can read about Central Asia' -- Jonathan Neale, Bookmarks '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 '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
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About Joma Nazpary

Joma Nazpary is a Research Associate at the University of London.
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