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Youth and Globalization in Central Asia

Everyday Life between Religion, Media, and International Donors

The former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan in the heart of Central Asia is home to the city of Osh, which is commonly discussed as an epicenter of radical Islamism and political instability, yet also fully globalized. Stefan Kirmse explores what this means for the everyday lives of the city’s young people. By focusing on the myriad ways in which young Muslims experience globalization, this book offers an alternative to the standard sensationalist accounts of post-Soviet Central Asia that discuss the region in terms of an “Islamic threat,” political instability, and inter-ethnic strife. 

337 pages | 9 color plates | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8

Eigene und Fremde Welten

Culture Studies

Religion: Islam

Sociology: General Sociology

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Table of Contents



1 Everyday Life in the City: Youth between Family, Friends, and the State

2 Of Magicians, Missionaries, and “Mujahedeen”: The Emergence of a Transnational Religious Space

3 Globalization as Choice: Youth in the Marketplace for Styles and Identities

4 Multiple Constraints: Between Communal Expectations and Collective Identities

5 “Youth Spaces” and Global Gateways: On the Effects of International Donor Activity


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