Framing ethnic minority mobilisation in Central Asia: the cases of Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

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Abstract

This article seeks to understand why, although widely predicted, very little ethnically motivated political mobilisation has occurred in post-Soviet Central Asia. Building on the contribution of frame analysis, the article examines the case of Uzbek communities in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Different frames have been articulated by the elites and have been used to mobilise and demobilise the community. The more successful ones (those that resonated) were less confrontational, and ultimately led the Uzbek communities towards a non-confrontational path with the authorities. The article concludes that frame analysis sheds important insights on the process of the mobilisation of ethnic minorities in Central Asia, and also contributes to the literature on ethnic mobilisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-590
Number of pages24
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2007

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