Ethnicity, authority and power in central Asia : new games great and small / edited by Robert L. Canfield and Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek.

1st ed.
Abingdon, Oxon, England ; New York : Routledge, 2011.
1 online resource (268 p.)


Central Asian studies series. [More in this series]
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The peoples of Greater Central Asia - not only Inner Asian states of Soviet Union but also those who share similar heritages in adjacent countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iran, and the Chinese province of Xinjiang - have been drawn into more direct and immediate contact since the Soviet collapse. Infrastructural improvements, and the race by the great powers for access to the region's vital natural resources, have allowed these peoples to develop closer ties with each other and the wider world, creating new interdependencies, and fresh opportunities for interaction and the exercise o
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  • Book Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Contributors; Acknowledgements; Maps; Introduction: A region of strategic importance; Part I: Repressions and their consequences; 1 Authoritarianism and its consequences in ex-Soviet Central Asia; 2 The mobilization of tradition: Localism and identity among the Uyghur of Xinjiang; Part II: Ethnic perceptions and reactions; 3 Central Asian attitudes towards Afghanistan: Perceptions of the Afghan war in Uzbekistan; 4 Alignment politics and factionalism among the Uzbeks of northeastern Afghanistan
  • 5 Afghanistan is not the Balkans: Central Asian ethnicity and its political consequences6 Pukhtun identity in Swat, northern Pakistan; Part III: Devices of mutual support; 7 The impact of war on social, political, and economic organization in southern Hazarajat; 8 An inter-regional history of Pashtun migration, c. 1775-2000; Part IV: Mechanisms of authority and influence; 9 Political games in post-Soviet Uzbekistan: Factions, protection, and new resistances; 10 Female mullahs, healers, and leaders of Central Asian Islam: Gendering the old and new religious roles in post-Communist societies
  • 11 Efficacy and hierarchy: Practices in Afghanistan as an exampleIndex
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