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Bishkek Boys: Neighbourhood Youth and Urban Change in Kyrgyzstan’s Capital

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Volume 17

Integration and Conflict Studies

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Bishkek Boys

Neighbourhood Youth and Urban Change in Kyrgyzstan’s Capital

Philipp Schröder

258 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-726-0 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (November 2017)

ISBN  978-1-80073-451-7 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (August 2022)

eISBN 978-1-78533-727-7 eBook

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“…rich, detailed, and scrupulous ethnographic descriptions…Bishkek Boys should be read by researchers and students in courses on Central Asia and post-Soviet space, as well as in youth and urban communities studies.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

“The merit of a micro-ethnography is the ability to document a rich tapestry of interpersonal exchanges, storytelling and self-presentations that assemble and capture emergent social organisation. This is an engaging insight into how community bonds are fragmented and recreated.” •

“Meticulously researched, theoretically strong, scrupulously annotated – in other words, this is an excellent book.” · Shirin Akiner, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University

“This attractively written book is a tribute to the realities of urban life in Central Asia, as seen through the perspective of young men in search of respect and authority, while dealing with the fall out of larger socio-political upheavals” · Mathijs Pelkmans, London School of Economics


In this pioneering ethnographic study of identity and integration, author Philipp Schröder explores urban change in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek from the vantage point of the male youth living in one neighbourhood. Touching on topics including authority, violence, social and imaginary geographies, interethnic relations, friendship, and competing notions of belonging to the city, Bishkek Boys offers unique insights into how post-Socialist economic liberalization, rural-urban migration and ethnic nationalism have reshaped social relations among young males who come of age in this Central Asian urban environment.

Philipp Schröder is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies. Until 2011 he was a member of the research group ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale and received his PhD from the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

Subject: Gender Studies and SexualityRefugee and Migration StudiesUrban Studies
Area: Asia


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