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Globalization at the Crossroads: Cultural Identity and Integration in Central Asia

Reuel Hanks.


Globalization and emergent cultural identity would seem to be contradictory developments, yet the end of the twentieth century bears witness that in fact the two may exist simultaneously in the same place. A case in point are the nascent states of Central Asia, which are engaged in constructing cultural/national identities, and yet are also pursuing economic, cultural and political integration with the global community. This study analyzes these processes in the new countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and their efforts to construct identity in the midst of globalization. Of particular interest are the efforts of these states, both direct and covert, to promote global culture and whether such policy is supportive of national/cultural identity or in fact negates its development.

Presenters

Reuel Hanks  (United States)
Associate Professor



Keywords
  • Central Asia
  • Globalization
  • Cultural identity
  • Nationalism



(30 min Conference Paper, English)