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Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan
     

Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan

by Joma Nazpary
 

ISBN-10: 0745315038

ISBN-13: 9780745315034

Pub. Date: 11/20/2001

Publisher: Pluto Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745315034
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
11/20/2001
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Note on transliterationviii
Glossaryix
1.Introduction1
The Aims1
Chaos3
Chaotic mode of domination4
The dispossessed13
Structure of the book16
2.People and places20
Method20
Almaty26
Kazakhstan28
3.Bardak: Elements of chaos33
Accumulation of wealth in a few hands33
Violence43
Feelings of loss49
Conspiracy theory58
Conclusions60
4.Networking as a response to the chaos63
Definitions63
Reciprocity and networking as strategies of survival64
Networking81
The negative effects of change on networks85
Conclusions88
5.Women and sexualised strategies: Violence and stigma90
Finding a job90
Finding a sponsor96
Finding a husband99
Sex work103
Stigma and violence120
Conclusions126
6.Construction of the alien: Imagining a Soviet community127
The negative construction of the Soviet identity127
Consumerism and the dispossessed139
Wild capitalism as an element of the alien142
Conclusions143
7.Ethnic tension146
Kazakhification of the state146
The struggle for urban space and the fragmentation of Islamic identity171
Conclusions174
8.Conclusions in a comparative perspective: Whose transition?176
Notes195
Bibliography200
Index209

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