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Central Asia Research Forum


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Central Asia Research Forum is a series designed to present cutting-edge research on the Central Asia region spanning the whole of the social sciences.

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Migration and Identity in Central Asia: The Uzbek Experience

Migration and Identity in Central Asia: The Uzbek Experience

1st Edition

Rano Turaeva
April 17, 2018

This book is an ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of Uzbek migrants in the capital city of Uzbekistan. The ethnographic details of the book represent post-Soviet urban realities on the ground where various forms of belonging clash and kinship ties are reinforced within social safety networks....

Identity and Memory in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Uzbekistan's Soviet Past

Identity and Memory in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Uzbekistan's Soviet Past

1st Edition

Timur Dadabaev
January 22, 2018

Central Asian states have experienced a number of historical changes that have challenged their traditional societies and lifestyles. The most significant changes occurred as a result of the revolution in 1917, the incorporation of the region into the Soviet Union, and gaining independence after...

Leadership and Authority in Central Asia: The Ismaili Community in Tajikistan

Leadership and Authority in Central Asia: The Ismaili Community in Tajikistan

1st Edition

Otambek Mastibekov
October 26, 2017

This book explores the unfolding of world history in a remote corner of Central Asia: the region of Badakhshan. The history of this region has commonly been explored through the lens of the major superpowers who competed over its territory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including...

Social and Cultural Change in Central Asia: The Soviet Legacy

Social and Cultural Change in Central Asia: The Soviet Legacy

1st Edition

Sevket Akyildiz, Richard Carlson
October 12, 2017

Focusing on Soviet culture and its social ramifications both during the Soviet period and in the post-Soviet era, this book addresses important themes associated with Sovietisation and socialisation in the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan....

Eurasia and India: Regional Perspectives

Eurasia and India: Regional Perspectives

1st Edition

K. Warikoo
September 18, 2017

Eurasia has assumed importance in the post-Soviet period and the peoples of Siberia have distinctive historico-cultural similarities with the Indian Himalayas due to common traditions and Buddhist culture. The Eurasianism of Russia brings it closer to India in historico-cultural, political and...

Sustainable Energy in Kazakhstan: Moving to cleaner energy in a resource-rich country

Sustainable Energy in Kazakhstan: Moving to cleaner energy in a resource-rich country

1st Edition

Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Richard Pomfret
July 10, 2017

Kazakhstan is rich in natural resources including coal, oil, natural gas and uranium and has significant renewable potential from wind, solar, hydro and biomass. In spite of this, the country is currently dependent upon fossil fuels with coal-fired plants accounting for 75% of total power...

Conflict and Peace in Eurasia

Conflict and Peace in Eurasia

1st Edition

Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra
May 31, 2017

Focusing on a range of Eurasian conflicts, including Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, this book offers contemporary perspectives on the ongoing conflicts in the Eurasia, with an emphasis on the attempts towards peace. The book brings into focus how various factors such as ethnicity,...

National Identities in Soviet Historiography: The Rise of Nations under Stalin

National Identities in Soviet Historiography: The Rise of Nations under Stalin

1st Edition

Harun Yilmaz
May 25, 2017

Under Stalin’s totalitarian leadership of the USSR, Soviet national identities with historical narratives were constructed. These constructions envisaged how nationalities should see their imaginary common past, and millions of people defined themselves according to them. This book explains how and...

Prospects for Pastoralism in Kazakstan and Turkmenistan: From State Farms to Private Flocks

Prospects for Pastoralism in Kazakstan and Turkmenistan: From State Farms to Private Flocks

1st Edition

Dr Carol Kerven, Carol Kerven
February 15, 2017

This collection traces how pastoralists have coped with the challenges of change in a part of the world with a long-tradition of livestock keeping. Their precarious position - balanced between a market system where only the fittest may survive, and their attempt to remain a human resource for the...

Tajikistan: The Trials of Independence

Tajikistan: The Trials of Independence

1st Edition

Shirin Akiner, Mohammad-Reza Djalili, Frederic Grare
July 08, 2016

Since its independence in 1991 Tajikistan has suffered a painful series of political crises followed by a civil war, still continuing, whose repercussions extend far beyond its borders. This work examines the causes of the turmoil, and analyses, through the case of Tajikistan, social and political...

Xinjiang - China's Northwest Frontier

Xinjiang - China's Northwest Frontier

1st Edition

K. Warikoo
March 14, 2016

Xinjiang is the ‘pivot of Asia’, where the frontiers of China, Tibet, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia approach each other. The growing Uyghur demand for a separate homeland and continuing violence in Xinjiang have brought this region into the focus of national and international...

The Management of Public Services in Central Asia: Institutional Transformation in Kyrgyzstan

The Management of Public Services in Central Asia: Institutional Transformation in Kyrgyzstan

1st Edition

David Scott
March 14, 2016

The ending of the Soviet Union in 1991 had a major political and economic impact on Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan was one of the most severely affected countries, suffering a deeper recession than the other republics. During the first five or six years Kyrgyzstan followed the advice of the International...

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