Between “imagined” and “real” nation-building: identities and nationhood in post-Soviet Central Asia

  title={Between “imagined” and “real” nation-building: identities and nationhood in post-Soviet Central Asia},
  author={Rico Isaacs and A. Polese},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  pages={371 - 382}
Much of the existing literature on nation-building in Central Asia offers a statist top-down approach which focuses on how the nation and nationhood is “imagined” by political elites. In this special issue the contributors provide an analysis which seeks to explore the process of nation-building in Central Asia by addressing the other side of the state-society relationship. The case studies in this collection examine the “grey zone” between “imagined” and “real” differences between state-led… Expand
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