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Environment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region

Sea Changes

Presents a political ecology of life amid overlapping environmental and political upheaval.
Once the fourth largest lake in the world, Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea dried into an unrecognizable fraction of its size during a period of dramatic political change. Through the experiences of local fisheries across the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, Environment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region explores the diverse ways people in different socioeconomic contexts understand environmental change. In this book, William Wheeler offers a rigorous political ecology of life amid overlapping upheavals, attentive both to the legacies of Sovietism and the possibilities of transnationalism. 

256 pages | 64 color plates | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2021

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Table of Contents

List of figures Acknowledgements Note on transliteration Glossary and abbreviations Maps Introduction 1.The Aral Sea and the modernisation of Central Asia: A century of catastrophes 2.Seeing like a bureaucrat: Problems of living standards and employment 3.Ocean fish, state socialism and nostalgia in Aral’sk 4.Continuity and rupture in Aral fishing villages 5.From Soviet ruins: Flounder, the Kökaral dam, and the return of the Small Aral Sea 6.Zander and social change in Bögen 7.Aral’sk today: Fish, money, ekologiia Conclusion Appendix Index

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