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Framing Andijon, narrating the nation: Islam Karimov's account of the events of 13 May 2005

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Nick MegoranORCiD


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Tashkent's handling of anti-government protests and violence in the city of Andijon on 13 May 2005 has generated enormous controversy and had significant political repercussions. However, there has been no detailed analysis of rival interpretations of what happened. This paper begins to redress this lacuna by analysing a book on the subject authored by the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov. Using framing theory, it identifies four key themes deployed in the narrative to delegitimize the government's opponents: terrorism and criminality; inauthentic Uzbekness and deviant masculinity/religiosity; constitutional illegitimacy; and the subversion of the scientific laws of states. Significantly for an understanding of regime legitimization and nationalism in Uzbekistan, no recourse is made to the government's intellectual framework known as the 'ideology of national independence'. The paper points to the need for further research to enable scholars to develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the contemporary politicization of national belonging in independent Uzbekistan.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Megoran N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Central Asian Survey

Year: 2008

Volume: 27

Issue: 1

Pages: 15-31

Print publication date: 01/03/2008

ISSN (print): 0263-4937

ISSN (electronic): 1465-3354


DOI: 10.1080/02634930802213965


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