Traditional communities and bureaucracy in Central Asia : relationship and mutual influence
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. The role of informal networks in Central Asia has increased in the last decades. This tendency was a response to decline of state and its institutions. To an extent communities have filled the gaps when the state failed to fulfill its responsibilities. At the same time, very frequently communities and state bureaucracy are abstracted in political literature as strictly absolute and ideal forms of social organization. Such an approach polarizes both institutions and misses important points of convergence and mutual influence between the two. Anthropologists, on the other hand, argue that traditional and modern institutions are never the same today as they were yesterday. This thesis explores how valid is this idea with respect to traditional communities and bureaucracy in Central Asia. By surveying their nature, mutual influence and points of intersection, the research confirms the anthropological theory.
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