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Author Schatz, Edward.

Title Modern clan politics : the power of "blood" in Kazakhstan and beyond / Edward Schatz
Published Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 250 pages) : map
Series Jackson School publications in international studies
Jackson School publications in international studies.
Contents Introduction: Modern clan politics. -- pt. 1. The reproduction of clans. Kinship and modernity ; Nomads, diffuse authority, and Sovietization ; Two faces of Soviet power ; Continuity and change after the Soviet collapse. -- pt. 2. The political dynamic of informal ties. Clan conflict ; Clan metaconflict. -- pt. 3. Managing clans. A vicious cycle? Kinship and political change. -- Conclusions: Kinship and "normal" politics. -- Appendix: Methods
Summary "Edward Schatz explores the politics of kinbased clan divisions in the post-Soviet state of Kazakhstan. Drawing from extensive ethnographic and archival research, interviews, and wide-ranging secondary sources, he highlights a politics that poses a two-tiered challenge to current thinking about modernity and Central Asia. First, asking why kinship divisions do not fade from political life with modernization, he shows that the state actually constructs clan relationships by infusing them with practical political and social meaning. By activating the most important quality of clans - their "concealability"--The state is itself responsible for the vibrant politics of these subethnic divisions that have emerged and flourished in post-Soviet Kazakhstan." "Political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, policy makers, and others who study state power and identity groups will find a wealth of empirical material and conceptual innovation for discussion and debate."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-243) and index
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Subject Clans -- Kazakhstan.
Ethnology -- Kazakhstan.
Kinship -- Kazakhstan.
Politics and culture -- Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan -- Ethnic relations.
Kazakhstan -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004013607
ISBN 0295803495 (electronic bk.)
9780295803494 (electronic bk.)