Thursday, 30 June 2016

New Publication \ Local Security-Making in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

In BICC Working Paper 5\2016 the authors Marc von Boemcken ( BICC), Conrad Schetter (BICC), Hafiz Boboyorov, Nina Bagdasarova, Joomart Sulaimanov explore the securityscapes of various social groups in urban spaces of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and production of securityscapes by everyday practices.

Photo: Evgeni Zlotov, Roadside café (Between Batken and Isfana), (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

In cooperation with researchers in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, BICC is conducting a three-year research project on everyday security practices in Central Asia, which is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The project was launched in July 2015. While security has become an important focus of academic work on and in Central Asia, most studies highlight the geo-strategic importance of the region and underline the threats to states posed by non-state armed groups and transnational criminal organizations. The research project proposes a radically different approach to studying security in Central Asia. As a point of departure, it understands security as an everyday practice of people that consists in identifying and engaging perceptions of existential threat. It asks: How do various groups of people deal with security issues in their daily lives? For the purpose of addressing this question, it develops and applies the innovative concept of securityscapes, which is partly inspired by the work of the anthropologist Arjun Appadurai as well as recent debates in sociology and political science on studying security as a constitutive practice and in a less state-centric manner.

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