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Post-Liberal Statebuilding in Central Asia

Imaginaries, Discourses and Practices of Social Ordering

By Philipp Lottholz

Published

May 25, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529220001

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 25, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529220025

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 25, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529220018

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Post-Liberal Statebuilding in Central Asia

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Drawing on decolonial perspectives on peace, statehood and development, this illuminating book examines post-liberal statebuilding in Central Asia. It argues that, despite its emancipatory appearance, post-liberal statebuilding is best understood as a set of social ordering mechanisms that lead to new forms of exclusion, marginalisation and violence.

Using ethnographic fieldwork in Southern Kyrgyzstan, the volume offers a detailed examination of community security and peacebuilding discourses and practices. Through its analysis, the book highlights the problem with assumptions about liberal democracy, modern statehood and capitalist development as the standard template for post-conflict countries, which is widespread and rarely reflected upon.

Philipp Lottholz is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the DFG Collaborative Research Centre/ Transregio 138 “Dynamics of Security” and the Institute of Sociology at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Theorising Post-Liberal Forms of Statebuilding and Order-Making Globally

Chapter 3 From Imaginary To Practice: Capturing the Multiple Meanings of Peace, Security and Order

Chapter 4 Imaginaries and Discourses of Social Order in Kyrgyzstan

Chapter 5 Local Crime Prevention Centres (LCPCs) and the (After)lives of the State in Rural Kyrgyzstan

Chapter 6 Shaping Peace, Social Order and Resilience: Territorial Youth Councils and the Field of Youth Policy

Chapter 7 Reform Deadlock for Stability? The Civic Union “For Reforms and Result”

Chapter 8 Conclusion