Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan by Joma Nazpary

By Joma Nazpary

Within the Nineteen Nineties the previous states of the Soviet Union underwent dramatic and progressive alterations. due to enforced, neo-liberal reforms the fledgling republics have been uncovered to the normal results of globalised capital. targeting Kazakhstan, the place violence and corruption at the moment are proof of lifestyle, Joma Nazpary examines the influence of the recent capitalism at the humans of relevant Asia. utilizing in-depth interviews and fabric collected over greater than a year's fieldwork, Nazpary explores the responses of the dispossessed to their dispossession. He uncovers the development of 'imagined communities', grounded in Soviet nostalgia, which serve to withstand the commercial order, in addition to the simpler survival thoughts, in particular of girls, usually pressured into prostitution the place they're topic to violence and stigma. by means of revealing the level to which Kazakh society has disintegrated and the cultural responses to it, Nazpary argues that dispossession has been a better unifying strength than even ethnicity or faith. evaluating the consequences of neo-liberal reforms in Kazakhstan with these in different areas, he concludes that explanations, kinds and results of dispossession in Kazakhstan are specific situations of a wider worldwide pattern.

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She had told the whole class openly and collectively, that if they wanted to get good marks they should buy her a TV, a crystal chandelier and a video. They collected the money and bought these things. Then she forced them to help with the repair of her apartment. The girl said that they were surprised to see her expensive furniture, dishes, carpets and curtains. 40 Post-Soviet Chaos Students told me that even allocations of grants abroad were taking place through contacts and bribes. A young Russian woman told the following story: There are scholarships for language courses in Germany, for three or six months.

A main element of the post-Soviet change was the emergence of the private trade: illegal street trade, suitcase trade, kiosks, middle-size shops and wholesale trade. According to locals, all these are sources of illegal income for state officials and the mafia. Let us look at each from the bottom to the top. In my neighbourhood, each illegal trader paid the police officers 30 tenge, except the butchers who paid 300 tenge a day. The kiosk owners did not like the illegal traders who sold the same goods they sold legally.

A story told by a young Kazakh girl about her former class tutor (Klassnaia rukovoditel’nitsa) is typical. She had told the whole class openly and collectively, that if they wanted to get good marks they should buy her a TV, a crystal chandelier and a video. They collected the money and bought these things. Then she forced them to help with the repair of her apartment. The girl said that they were surprised to see her expensive furniture, dishes, carpets and curtains. 40 Post-Soviet Chaos Students told me that even allocations of grants abroad were taking place through contacts and bribes.

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