Browsing by Subject "Russian and Eurasian Studies"

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  • Eraliev, Sherzod; Heusala, Anna-Liisa (Routledge, 2021)
    This chapter employs the concept of transnational social space to examine Central Asian female migrants’ relationship with the law in Russia. Through exploring life stories of four migrant women, we examine the formation of transnational social spaces for labour migrants in Russia from the perspective of gender. The results demonstrate the significance of the tradition and practices of the sending countries in the formation of Central Asian female migrants’ transnational social spaces and subsequent legal choices in Russia. We raise the question regarding agency-focused transnationalism as an overarching perspective in the study of labour migrants in Russia. The revolving door migration between Central Asia and Russia, a lack of social capital and financial resources, their dependent position within migrant communities and strict family traditions limit the real agency of many female migrants, which the concept of transnational social space assumes. We argue that vulnerable migrant groups such as women often do not fit into transnationalism, informality or legal culture narratives without taking into account the specificities of the female experience.
  • University of Helsinki, Russian and Eurasian Studies (Aleksanteri Institute); Urinboyev, Rustam; (Media Tryck, 2020)
    Research Report in Sociology of Law
    This research report is a compilation of essays written by guest researchers from Central Asia who spent four to twelve months at the Department of Sociology of Law, Lund University, and conducted research on various topics pertaining to legal cultures, governance and business environments in Central Asia. These guest research stays (secondments) took place in the framework of the EU-funded project “Central Asian Law: Legal Cultures and Business Environments in Central Asia” (project number 870647 H2020 MSCA-RISE 2019-2023), which runs from 01/03/2020 through 28/02/2024. The project is coordinated by Lund University and the project consortium includes European universities (University of Zurich, Charles University Prague, Riga Graduate School of Law, Marmara University, University of Latvia) as well as Central Asian partner institutions (L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Khujand Polytechnic Institute of the Tajik Technical University, SIAR Research and Consulting, Tebigy Kuwwat Public Association, Academy of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Uzbekistan, Westminster International University in Tashkent). This research report consists of introduction and five papers that explore contemporary issues and challenges in Central Asia, such as the problems accompanying the internationalization of higher education and research, anti-corruption legal frameworks and the business climate, cultural branding, legal culture education, and the digital economy. The main idea behind publishing this preliminary research report is to provide a platform for Central Asian guest researchers to present the research projects they developed during their research stay in Lund and share their initial research findings with the Central Asian Law project team and the wider academic and policy audiences. Another equally important aim was to empower our guest researchers, given the fact that many Central Asia-based researchers find it difficult to publish their academic work in Western academic venues due to different academic, economic, and ideological factors.
  • Gritsenko, Daria; Kopotev, Mikhail; Wijermars, Mariëlle (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • Gritsenko, Daria; Zherebtsov, Mikhail (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • Gel'man, Vladimir (Russland-Analysen, 2021)
  • Yagodin, Dmitry (2020)
    This study uses the case of the 2016 anthrax outbreak on the Yamal peninsula in north-western Siberia to discuss whether and how the incident could challenge the dominant discourse in Russia that neglects the problem of climate change – a potential cause of the outbreak. The study draws on a small sample of media materials that linked the incident to climate change on the national and regional levels. The analysis follows the premises of poststructuralist discourse theory and the concepts of dislocation and discursive logics to unpack the intricate relationships between the issues of economic development and environmental change in a region that is at once central to Russia’s fossil fuel economy and most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The results point to the obstacles and opportunities for climate justice discourse in this context.
  • Turaeva, Rano; Urinboyev, Rustam (Routledge, 2021)
    BASEES series
  • Kahla, Elina (Suomalainen teologinen kirjallisuusseura, 2019)
    Suomalaisen teologisen kirjallisuusseuran julkaisuja
  • Muravyeva, Marianna; Gurkov, Alexander (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • Kangaspuro, Markku (2020)
    Analysis on political development of Belarus after the presidential election
  • Urinboyev, Rustam (University of California Press, 2021)
    While migration has become an all-important topic of discussion around the globe, mainstream literature on migrants' legal adaptation and integration has focused on case studies of immigrant communities in Western-style democracies. We know relatively little about how migrants adapt to a new legal environment in the ever-growing hybrid political regimes that are neither clearly democratic nor conventionally authoritarian. This book takes up the case of Russia—an archetypal hybrid political regime and the third largest recipients of migrants worldwide—and investigates how Central Asian migrant workers produce new forms of informal governance and legal order. Migrants use the opportunities provided by a weak rule-of-law and a corrupt political system to navigate the repressive legal landscape and to negotiate—using informal channels—access to employment and other opportunities that are hard to obtain through the official legal framework of their host country. This lively ethnography presents new theoretical perspectives for studying immigrant legal incorporation in similar political contexts.
  • Kangaspuro ( Orfinskaya), Larisa (Into kustannus, 2020)
  • Gritsenko, Daria; Parkhimovich, Olga (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • Karshiev, Mirzokhid (ADA University, Baku, 2020)
    This paper tries to shed a different light onto the (changing) state-society relations in Uzbekistan, using a theoretical framework offered by Joel Migdal (2001) and looking into both the “image” and “practices” of state. Using the example of the public councils (Jamoatchilik kengashlari) and President’s reception houses (Prezident qabulxonalari) in Uzbekistan that have been initiated since 2016, I will look into the cases of reforms, aimed at greater public participation and oversight over state administration, and improving the responsiveness of public bodies to citizen demands. I will analyse if/how new structures based on a new ideology of administrative change and the old culture converged in the transition processes; and how these influence the day-to-day lives of street-level bureaucrats.