Imagining Kyrgyzstan's nationhood and statehood: reactions to the 2010 Osh violence

Wilkinson, Cai 2015, Imagining Kyrgyzstan's nationhood and statehood: reactions to the 2010 Osh violence, Nationalities papers : the journal of nationalism and ethnicity, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 417-436, doi: 10.1080/00905992.2014.961127.

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Title Imagining Kyrgyzstan's nationhood and statehood: reactions to the 2010 Osh violence
Author(s) Wilkinson, CaiORCID iD for Wilkinson, Cai
Journal name Nationalities papers : the journal of nationalism and ethnicity
Volume number 43
Issue number 3
Start page 417
End page 436
Total pages 20
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0090-5992
Keyword(s) investigation
Summary This article explores the tensions inherent in how Kyrgyzstan's nationhood and statehood have been imagined and practised via an analysis of local reactions to the findings of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission's (KIC) investigation into the 2010 Osh violence and in particular the threat narrative that developed in opposition to the investigation. In the wake of the clashes that erupted in Osh in June 2010, a recurrent theme was calls from the international community for an independent investigation. Within Kyrgyzstan, however, some politicians argued that investigations violated the republic's sovereignty. Despite local reluctance, a number of investigations did subsequently take place. Yet the reports of the respective investigations did little to quell controversy, with the KIC report being strongly criticized and declared a threat to national security. The strength of feeling demonstrated by this reaction was indicative of long-standing and unresolved tensions in Kyrgyzstan between international and local imaginings of nationhood and statehood. The article concludes by arguing that nationhood and statehood need to be reimagined to focus on re-establishing state–society relations by both local and international actors in order for Kyrgyzstan to begin repairing the already fragile sociopolitical relationships that were grievously damaged by the violence and the subsequent investigations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00905992.2014.961127
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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