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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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Romantic Securityscapes of Mixed Couples: Resisting Moral Panic, Surviving in the Present and Imagining the Future

Romantic Securityscapes of Mixed Couples: Resisting Moral Panic, Surviving in the Present and Imagining the Future

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Surviving Everyday Life
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Asel Myrzabekova

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529211955.003.0007

This chapter combines the two themes of security against ethnic and gender-based violence, which have been at the center in the previous chapters. Frequently, violence against women becomes intertwined with ethnic identity politics in Kyrgyzstan. A particularly controversial topic here is ethnically 'mixed' relationships. If a Kyrgyz female decides to become involved with a non-Kyrgyz partner, she can often expect to be ostracized by her family, in some cases even beaten and threatened with death. The chapter looks at various cases and shows the different ways in which couples deal with this situation. The choice usually boils down to either keeping the relationship secret or to running away with one's partner and trying to make a new life for oneself in another place.

Keywords:   Kyrgyzstan, Ethnography, Gender, Gender-based violence, Ethnically mixed partnerships, Everyday security

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