Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan

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The most significant aspect of change in the post-Soviet region is the way in which tiny elites of all post-Soviet countries have dispossessed the majority by implementing neoliberal reforms. This is the first book to examine in detail post-Soviet dispossession from the perspective of the dispossessed. Joma Nazpary argues that the main instrument of dispossession has been a chaotic mode of domination, marked by sudden and dramatic polarisation between wealth and poverty, general crisis and breakdown of the fabric of daily life, and the collapse of the economy and culture. Focusing on Kazakhstan and drawing on extensive fieldwork material, Nazpary provides a detailed analysis of the process of dispossession, the responses of the dispossessed and their strategies of survival.
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John Gledhill
Essential reading for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of what capitalist globalization means for ordinary people, the grim social and political realities analysed in this book resonate far beyond the former USSR.
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'Essential reading for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of what capitalist globalization means for ordinary people, the grim social and political realities analysed in this book resonate far beyond the former USSR.' —John Gledhill, Manchester University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745315034
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2001
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Acknowledgements
Note on transliteration
Glossary
1 Introduction 1
The Aims 1
Chaos 3
Chaotic mode of domination 4
The dispossessed 13
Structure of the book 16
2 People and places 20
Method 20
Almaty 26
Kazakhstan 28
3 Bardak: Elements of chaos 33
Accumulation of wealth in a few hands 33
Violence 43
Feelings of loss 49
Conspiracy theory 58
4 Networking as a response to the chaos 63
Definitions 63
Reciprocity and networking as strategies of survival 64
Networking 81
The negative effects of change on networks 85
5 Women and sexualised strategies: Violence and stigma 90
Finding a job 90
Finding a sponsor 96
Finding a husband 99
Sex work 103
Stigma and violence 120
6 Construction of the alien: Imagining a Soviet community 127
The negative construction of the Soviet identity 127
Consumerism and the dispossessed 139
Wild capitalism as an element of the alien 142
7 Ethnic tension 146
Kazakhification of the state 146
The struggle for urban space and the fragmentation of Islamic identity 171
8 Conclusions in a comparative perspective: Whose transition? 176
Notes 195
Bibliography 200
Index 209
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