Informal civil society initiatives in non-Western societies : mahallas in Uzbekistan

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Urinboyev , R & Eraliev , S 2022 , ' Informal civil society initiatives in non-Western societies : mahallas in Uzbekistan ' , Central Asian Survey . https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2022.2058915

Title: Informal civil society initiatives in non-Western societies : mahallas in Uzbekistan
Author: Urinboyev, Rustam; Eraliev, Sherzod
Contributor organization: Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies
Russian and Eurasian Studies (Aleksanteri Institute)
Date: 2022-04-22
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Central Asian Survey
ISSN: 0263-4937
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2022.2058915
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/346592
Abstract: Despite the extensive literature on the nexus between civil society and democratization in non-democratic regimes, most existing scholarship focuses on politically oriented and claim-making civil society organizations. While these accounts provide useful insights, they appear to rely on Western-centric understandings of civil society. Undoubtedly, little space exists in non-democratic regimes within which civil society organizations may engage in overt political activism due to governmental restrictions. Notwithstanding these restrictions, there are politically less threatening social arenas, where it is possible to identify informally organized civil society initiatives with the potential to redefine and influence long-term state–society relations. This article argues that what we might think of as civil society initiatives in non-democratic regimes cannot be satisfactorily understood through the lens of Western-centric understandings of civil society. Instead, we should focus on informal civil society initiatives. These processes will be illustrated through the case study of mahalla institutions in Uzbekistan.
Subject: 6160 Other humanities
Russian and Eurasian Studies
Central Asia
Law and Society
mahalla
Uzbekistan
Central Asia
informality
civil society
non-democratic regimes
CENTRAL-ASIA
STATE
RESTRICTIONS
STRATEGY
ECONOMY
NGOS
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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