Tuesday, 04 August 2020

New publication \ Surviving Everyday Life - The Securityscapes of Threatened People in Kyrgyzstan

Who feels threatened because of their ethnic belonging, gender or sexual orientation in Kyrgyzstan? In their book, BICC researchers such as Marc von Boemcken and Conrad Schetter together with researchers from Central Asia examine everyday security in this country.

Picture: BICC\M. von Boemcken

Based on ethnographic fieldwork this volume shows how insecurity is experienced, what people consider existential threats, and how they go about securing themselves.

Moving beyond state-centric and elitist perspectives, this volume examines everyday security in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. In their book, the authors develop 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. The deep insides of the book are based on the joint research project by BICC together with academic partners from Central Asia "Forms of local security in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan—The emergence of securityscapes" (2015 to 2019) which was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Find more about the book “Surviving Everyday Life–The Securityscapes of Threatened People in Kyrgyzstan”.