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By S. Mehendale

Because the cave in of the Soviet Union, a couple of linkages were confirmed among newly self reliant principal Asian states, or populations inside of them, and diaspora ethnic teams. This e-book explores the jobs that diaspora groups play within the contemporary and ongoing emergence of nationwide identities in crucial Asia and the Caucasus. The loyalties of those groups are divided among their international locations of place of abode and people states that function place of origin in their specific ethno-cultural kingdom, and are additional advanced by way of connections with contested transnational notions of universal cultures and 'peoples'. Written by means of hugely revered specialists within the box, the publication addresses matters akin to nationalism, clash, inhabitants move, worldwide civil society, Muslim groups in China and relatives among the hot realms and Russia.This cutting edge booklet will curiosity scholars and researchers of transnationalism and significant Asian experiences.

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11. 3 Towards a typology of diasporas in Kazakhstan* Shirin Akiner INTRODUCTION Kazakhstan has a multi-ethnic population of great diversity, the product of an extraordinarily complex demographic history. It is home to over 100 ethnic groups. They vary considerably in size, historical experiences, and patterns of behavior. Consequently it is difficult to establish an organizational framework that could serve as an analytical tool for examining group dynamics. Yet without such a framework it is impossible to move beyond a mere recital of group designations.

These various population flows gradually diminished but they brought about a geographic redistribution of the Kazakh population, both within the country and also in the Kazakh diaspora. 28 Shirin Akiner 2. 1 Slavs Russians The Russians are eastern Slavs. By religion the overwhelming majority are (at least by tradition) Orthodox Christians. The first significant wave of Russian migration into Kazakhstan dates from the nineteenth century. ). Cossack military units were stationed in the region to guard the frontiers and to maintain law and order.

In addition, both multicultural policies and xenophobia in Western countries enable and force newcomers to continue to define themselves in terms of their ethnic or national origin. In order to analyze and understand these new phenomena this chapter has looked at ideas on locality, nationalism, and conflict dynamics. Nationalism from without 19 The focus on locality and “context-producing capabilities” draws our attention to the rise of virtual communities and allows us to include everyday practices in the analysis of diaspora and violent conflict.

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