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The critical geopolitics of danger in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

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Author(s): Megoran N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Year: 2006

Volume: 23

Issue: 4

Pages: 555-580

Print publication date: 01/07/2006

ISSN (print): 1472-3433

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3433


DOI: 10.1068/d56j

Notes: This article is the sustained and detailed application of critical security studies analysis to state-building in Central Asia. It has been widely used by Central Asianists. It also speaks to critical securoty studies / critical geopolitics in three ways. Firstly, it tests the theory in a non-western case study, reflecting on its flaws and assumptions. Secondly, it argues the value of comparative studies rather than single case studies. Thirdly, it suggests that good studies within this field will look at the realms of formal, practical and popular geopolitics in order to convey a sense of how disocurse works in society as a whole, rather than fragmentary studies of one site that have been the norm. It ends with an insistence on the importance of normative engagement with oppressive regimes, exposing and challenging the mechanisms of their tyranny. It is based on years of research, both ethnographic and discursive, and a sense of what it might feel like to live under the fear induced by different disocurses of danger.


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