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Surviving Everyday LifeThe Securityscapes of Threatened People in Kyrgyzstan$
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Marc von Boemcken, Nina Bagdasarova, Aksana Ismailbekova, and Conrad Schetter

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529211955

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529211955.001.0001

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Security Practices and the Survival of Cafes in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Security Practices and the Survival of Cafes in Southern Kyrgyzstan

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Surviving Everyday Life

Shavkat Atakhanov

Abylabek Asankanov

Policy Press

The chapter explores the securityscapes of individuals from the Uzbek minority in the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. In 2010 Osh was shook by violent ethnic clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek residents, which claimed several hundred lives. The contribution asks how the everyday security practices of Uzbeks have changed ever since. It installs its focus on Uzbek catering sector. The chapter demonstrates how Uzbek owners of cafés and restaurants hide any markers that would give away their ethnic identity, including the names of their businesses or the dishes offered there. In highlights the importance of 'food politics' in the ongoing ethnic conflict and the Uzbek securityscapes in Osh.

Keywords:   Kyrgyzstan, Osh, Uzbek minority, Ethnography, Food politics, Everyday security, Catering business

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