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Surviving Everyday Life

The Securityscapes of Threatened People in Kyrgyzstan

Edited by Marc von Boemcken, Nina Bagdasarova, Aksana Ismailbekova and Conrad Schetter

Published

23 Jul 2020

Page count

228 pages

Series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529211955

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

23 Jul 2020

Page count

228 pages

Series

Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

ISBN

978-1529211979

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£26.99 £21.59You save £5.40 (20%)
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    Moving beyond state-centric and elitist perspectives, this volume examines everyday security in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and written by scholars from Central Asia and beyond, it shows how insecurity is experienced, what people consider existential threats, and how they go about securing themselves.

    It concentrates on individuals who feel threatened because of their ethnic belonging, gender or sexual orientation. It develops the concept of ‘securityscapes’, which draws attention to the more subtle means that people take to secure themselves – practices bent on invisibility and avoidance, on disguise and trickery, and on continually adapting to shifting circumstances. By broadening the concept of security practice, this book is an important contribution to debates in Critical Security Studies as well as to Central Asian and Area Studies.

    "Showing multi-facetted and often touching individual perspectives on security, this book opens new territory and is a must-read for anyone interested in Central Asia, practices of security, and strategies for survival and well-being.” Florian P. Kühn, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research

    “Moving beyond conventional approaches to security, this extremely rich and well researched collection grasps the complexities of how marginal and vulnerable actors navigate risk and danger in Kyrgyzstan today.” Tommaso Trevisani, University of Naples L’Orientale

    “Recounts perceptions and practices of (in)security in everyday life with engaging detail and conceptual sophistication. Avoiding state/elite perspectives for the vernacular, the essays uncover precarious local worlds of those excluded by ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.” Morgan Y. Liu, The Ohio State University

    Marc von Boemcken is Senior Researcher at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC).

    Nina Bagdasarova is Professor of Psychology at the American University of Central Asia.

    Aksana Ismailbekova is Senior Researcher at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO).

    Conrad Schetter is Director for Research at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BCC).

    Preface ~ Nina Bagdasarova

    Introduction~ Marc von Boemcken and Aksana Ismailbekova

    Studying Danger in Central Asia: Towards a concept of everyday securityscapes ~ Marc von Boemcken

    Security Practices and the Survival of Cafés in Southern Kyrgyzstan ~ Shavkhat Atakhanov and Abylabek Asankanov

    Securing the Future of Children and Youth: Uzbek private kindergartens and schools in Osh ~ Aksana Ismailbekova

    Selective Memories, Identities and Places: Everyday security practices of the Mughat Lyulis in Osh ~ Hafiz Boboyorov and Shavkhat Atakhanov

    How to Live with a Female Body: Securityscapes against sexual violence and related interpretation patterns of Kyrgyz women ~ Kathrin Oestmann and Anna M. Korschinek

    Romantic Securityscapes of Mixed Couples: Resisting moral panic, surviving in the present, and imagining the future ~ Asel Myrzabekova

    The Space-Time Continuum of the ‘Dangerous’ Body: LGBT securityscapes Kyrgyzstan ~ Nina Bagdasarova

    Postscript: Towards a Research Agenda on Security Practices ~ Conrad Schetter