CA 505 Development, Change, and Transformation in Central Asia
Svetlana Jacquesson, PhD, Anthropology
This course provides a critical examination of the economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of post-Communist transformation. It will examine different sociological theories of systems of collapse, systemic change, and dimensions of transition, invite comparative analysis of different transformation paths, and explore various aspects of the processes of change, such as the impact of state collapse on state-society relations, ethnic, religious, and gender identities, and patterns of adaptation. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of post-Communist countries, yet, students will be encouraged throughout the course to examine current policy dilemmas in Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries in their broader comparative and theoretical contexts.