Ethnographies of the State in Central Asia Performing Politics

ISBN-10: 0253011418
ISBN-13: 9780253011411
Edition: 2013
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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 1/10/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.85" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

With fresh and provocative insights into the everyday reality of politics in post-Soviet Central Asia, this volume moves beyond commonplaces about strong and weak states to ask critical questions about how democracy, authority, and justice are understood in this important region. In conversation with current theories of state power, the contributions draw on extensive ethnographic research in settings that range from the local to the transnational, the mundane to the spectacular, to provide a unique perspective on how politics is performed in everyday life.

Introduction: Performances, Possibilities, and Practices of the Political in Central Asia
Staging the Political
The Global Performance State: A Reconsideration of the Central Asian "Weak State"
Dialogic Authority: Kazakh Aitys Poets and Their Patrons
Performing Democracy: State-Making through Patronage in Kyrgyzstan
"There is This Law..." Performing the State in the Kyrgyz Courts of Elders
Political Materials, Political Fantasies
The Master Plan of Astana: Between the "Art of Government" and the "Art of Being Global"
State Building(s): Built Forms, Materiality, and the State in Astana
The Bulldozer State: Chinese Socialist Development in Xinjiang
The Time of the Border: Contingency, Conflict and Popular Statism at the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Boundary
Moral Positionings
Reclaiming Ma'naviyat: Morality, Criminality and Dissident Politics in Uzbekistan
The Reshaping of Cities and Citizens in Uzbekistan: The Case of Namangan's "New Uzbeks"
Massacre Through a Kaleidoscope: Fragmented Moral Imaginaries of the State in Central Asia
Cold War Memories and Post-Cold War Realities: The Politics of Memory and Identity in the Everyday Life of Kazakhstan's Radiation Victims

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