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

TitleFraming ethnic minority mobilisation in Central Asia : the cases of Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsFumagalli, M.
Journal titleEurope-Asia studies
Year2007
Pages567 - 590
Volume59
Issue4
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.

LanguageEnglish
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