Ethnographies of the State in Central Asia

Performing Politics

Edited by Madeleine Reeves, Johan Rasanayagam and Judith Beyer

Contributions by John Heathershaw, Eva-Marie Dubuisson, Aksana Ismailbekova, Alima Bissenova, Mateusz Laszczkowski, Ildiko Beller-Hann, Madeleine Reeves, Sarah Kendzior, Tommaso Trevisani, Morgan Yih-Yang Liu, Cynthia Werner and Kathleen Purvis-Roberts

Published by: Indiana University Press

344 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 16 b&w illus., 1 map

  • Paperback
  • 9780253011411
  • Published: January 2014


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253011404
  • Published: January 2014


  • eBook
  • 9780253011473
  • Published: January 2014


With fresh and provocative insights into the everyday reality of politics in post-Soviet Central Asia, this volume moves beyond commonplaces about strong and weak states to ask critical questions about how democracy, authority, and justice are understood in this important region. In conversation with current theories of state power, the contributions draw on extensive ethnographic research in settings that range from the local to the transnational, the mundane to the spectacular, to provide a unique perspective on how politics is performed in everyday life.