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Blood Ties and the Native Son : Poetics of Patronage in Kyrgyzstan (Paperback) (Aksana Ismailbekova)

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A pioneering study of kinship, patronage, and politics in Central Asia, Blood Ties and the Native Son tells the story of the rise and fall of a man called Rahim, an influential and powerful patron in rural northern Kyrgyzstan, and of how his relations with clients and kin shaped the economic and social life of the region. Many observers of politics in post-Soviet Central Asia have assumed that corruption, nepotism, and patron-client relations would forestall democratization. Looking at the intersection of kinship ties with political patronage, Aksana Ismailbekova finds instead that this intertwining has in fact enabled democratization—both kinship and patronage develop apace with democracy, although patronage relations may stymie individual political opinion and action.

Number of Pages: 218
Genre: History, Social Science
Series Title: New Anthropologies of Europe
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
Author: Aksana Ismailbekova
Language: English
Street Date: May 22, 2017
TCIN: 51697896
UPC: 9780253025395
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-4108
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