Language Politics in Contemporary Central Asia: National and Ethnic Identity and the Soviet Legacy

Language Politics in Contemporary Central Asia: National and Ethnic Identity and the Soviet Legacy

by Jacob M. Landau, Barbara Kellner-Heinkele
     
 

Nationalist leaders in the former Soviet states strive for national identity in both the political and cultural domains. Their language policies contend with Russian-speaking intelligentsias, numerous ethnic minorities, and sizeable Russian communities backed by the Russian Federation - all presenting major challenges to facing the legacy of Soviet rule. Drawing on

Overview

Nationalist leaders in the former Soviet states strive for national identity in both the political and cultural domains. Their language policies contend with Russian-speaking intelligentsias, numerous ethnic minorities, and sizeable Russian communities backed by the Russian Federation - all presenting major challenges to facing the legacy of Soviet rule. Drawing on many years of research, interviews with educators and officials, and visits to the region, Barbara Kellner-Heinkele and Jacob M. Landau explore the politics of language and its intersection with identity in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. With special attention to language education in schools and universities within each state and debates over bilingualism versus multilingualism, their insights offer researchers of politics, linguistics, and Central Asian studies a comprehensive account of a highly politicized debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848858206
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
01/15/2012
Series:
International Library of Central Asia Studies Series, #5
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Kellner-Heinkele Professor Emerita of Turkology at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her most recent books include: The Politics of Language in the Ex-Soviet Muslim States (with Jacob M. Landau, 2001), and The Catalogue of the Turkish Manuscripts in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (with Ismail Parlatir & Gyorgy Hazai, 2007).
 
Jacob M. Landau is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively on the contemporary history and politics of the Middle East and, more recently, Central Asia; including Pan-Turkism: From Irredentism to Cooperation (1995) and The Politics of Language in the Ex-Soviet Muslim States (with Barbara Kellner-Heinkele, 2001).

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