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978-0-7391-8134-8 • Hardback • December 2014 • $108.00 • (£83.00)
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Mariya Y. Omelicheva is associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas.
Introduction: “3D” (Dimensions, Dynamics, and Directions) of Nationalisms and Identities in Central Asia
Mariya Y. Omelicheva
1. The Three Discursive Paradigms of State Identity in Kazakhstan: Kazakhness, Kazakhstanness and Transnationalism
2. Kazakhstan’s Civic-National Identity: Ambiguous Policies and Points of Resistance
Aziz Burkhanov and Dina Sharipova
3. Settling the Score: the Politics of National Memory in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan
4. Does Being Kyrgyz Mean Being A Muslim? Emergence of New Ethno-Religious Identities in Kyrgyzstan
5. Nation-building and Islam in post-Soviet Tajikistan
6. Eye on the Image: Painting an International Face of Turkmenistan
Mariya Y. Omelicheva
7. Identity Theft: Ethnosymbolism, Autochthonism, and Aryanism in Uzbek and Tajik National Narratives
Reuel R. Hanks
8. Exclusivist identities in Central Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation and Stability Galym Zhussipbek
Mariya Y. Omelicheva and Reuel R. Hanks
About the Contributors
The volume begins with a useful outline of theoretical debates on nationalism and identity formation, focused on Central Asia, and at the same time provides insights into relevant legacies and current challenges. It is followed by six case studies exploring different aspects of nationalism and identity building…. The author implicitly acknowledges the contemporary identities promoted by political elites as colonial legacies and finds conflict solutions in pre-Soviet identities of the ‘Central Asian civilisation’ that derive from families and regions, and are by its multi-ethnic approach more inclusive. Overall, the volume provides interesting (and also innovative) insights into identity formation in the Central Asian countries…. All contributions explore the field top-down from a macro- or meso-level analysis.
— Europe-Asia Studies
Ukraine’s violent clashes remind us (as if we needed it) that ethnicity, language, and nationalism are powerful identity markers in the post-Soviet space. In Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia, Mariya Omelicheva has assembled a talented group of senior and junior scholars who explain how Central Asia’s authoritarian leaders and social entrepreneurs are using history, symbolism, religious beliefs, modern public relations tools, and distant national traumas to shape identities. Students of Central Asian politics, and of nationalism and identity politics more broadly, should welcome this timely and important study.
— Charles E. Ziegler, University of Louisville
Mariya Omelicheva has gathered an exceptional group of contributors in Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia to explore the evolution of identity politics in the region. Using a variety of approaches, the author looks at past, present, and potential future definitions of national identity in Central Asia. The editor frames the questions in a way that will make this volume important for both area specialists and scholars interested in the broader questions related to how we perceive ourselves and others around us.
— Roger D. Kangas, National Defense University
More than twenty years after the USSR's collapse, the politics of identity and nationalism continue to define post-Soviet Central Asia. This welcome volume will find an eager readership among students and scholars of the region.
— Edward Schatz, University of Toronto