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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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How to Live with a Female Body: Securityscapes against Sexual Violence and Related Interpretation Patterns of Kyrgyz Women

How to Live with a Female Body: Securityscapes against Sexual Violence and Related Interpretation Patterns of Kyrgyz Women

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(p.117) 6 How to Live with a Female Body: Securityscapes against Sexual Violence and Related Interpretation Patterns of Kyrgyz Women
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Surviving Everyday Life
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Kathrin Oestmann

Anna M. Korschinek

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529211955.003.0006

The chapter investigates individual securityscapes that respond to gender-based violence. Indeed, large parts of Kyrgyz society remain structured around highly patriarchal norms and violence against women is commonplace. Academic literature on this problem has so far mainly considered the practice of 'bride kidnapping' in rural areas of the country. However, as this chapter demonstrates, it also concerns young women in the capital city of Bishkek. In order to avoid the ever-present prospect of sexual harassment or even rape, they need to adhere to specific security measures that determine much of their daily lives. This involves, for example, remaining inconspicuous and constricting their movements around certain times and places.

Keywords:   Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Gender, Young women, Sexual violence, Everyday security

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