Bishkek Boys offers unique insights into how post-Socialist economic liberalization, rural-urban migration and (state) ethnic nationalism have reshaped social relations among the boys who come of age in this Central Asian urban environment.
In this pioneering ethnographic study of identity, author Philipp Schroder explores integration and urban change in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek from the vantage point of young men living in the neighbourhood. Touching on topics including authority, violence, social and imaginary geographies, interethnic relations, and competing notions of belonging to the city, Bishkek Boys offers unique insights into how post-Socialist economic liberalization, rural-urban migration and ethnic nationalism have reshaped social relations among the boys who come of age in this Central Asian urban environment.
Table of contents:
List of Maps, Figures and Tables Notes on Transliteration and Naming Acknowledgements Introduction: The Playground Incident, the Field and a Conceptual Frame Chapter 1. Authority and Resource: Batyr as a Leader in Shanghai Chapter 2. Territory: Kanat and the Other Yards Chapter 3. Disconnection: Bolot and the Generation 'Off the Streets' Chapter 4. Respect and Responsibility: Semetei and the Other Bratishki Chapter 5. Solidarity: Metis, Ulan and Friendship Relations Chapter 6. Acquaintances: Maks and Interethnic Relations Chapter 7. Urban Socialization: Tilek and the Newcomers Conclusion: From Shanghai to Iug-2 and Bishkek's Postsocialist Trajectory List of Main Characters Glossary of Selected Terms References
Philipp Schroder is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies. Until 2011 he was a member of the research group 'Integration and Conflict' at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale and received his PhD from the Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg.