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Authoritarianism, ethnic management and non-securitisation: The Kyrgyz minority in Uzbekistan

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Why was there no ethnicity-based violence in Uzbekistan in June 2010? That month there was widespread violence against ethnically Uzbek citizens of southern Kyrgyzstan. Although its occurrence might have been expected, there was no retaliation against the sizeable Kyrgyz minority of Uzbekistan. Following an overview of the relatively sparse research on this minority, the paper explores how authoritarian conflict management reanimated “people’s friendship” discourses, preventing both active mobilisation and the demonization of a minority. It concludes with some reflections on the prospects for “people’s friendship” and the future of ethnic minorities in Central Asia’s nationalising republics.

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Author(s): Megoran N, Rakhmatullaev S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Europe-Asia Studies

Year: 2022

Volume: 74

Issue: 2

Pages: 237-265

Online publication date: 03/03/2022

Acceptance date: 07/09/2020

Date deposited: 03/11/2020

ISSN (print): 0966-8136

ISSN (electronic): 1465-3427

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2022.2032603


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