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dc.contributor.authorWheeler, William
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-09T04:03:02Z
dc.date.available2021-12-09T04:03:02Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.submitted2021-12-08T12:16:03Z
dc.identifierONIX_20211208_9781800080331_33
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/51801
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/74785
dc.description.abstractThe Aral Sea is well known for its devastating regression over the second half of the twentieth century, and for its recent partial restoration. Environment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region is the first book to explore what these monumental changes have meant to those living on the sea’s shores. Following the fluctuating fortunes of the pre-Soviet, Soviet and post-Soviet fisheries, the book shows how the vast environmental changes the region has undergone cannot be disentangled from the transformations of Soviet socialism and postsocialism. This ethnographic perspective prompts a critical rethinking of the category of environmental disaster through which the region is predominantly known. Tracing how the sea’s retreat and partial return have been apprehended by diverse local actors in the former port of Aral’sk and surrounding fishing villages, as well as by scientists, bureaucrats and international development workers, William Wheeler draws out the multiple meanings environmental change acquires within different contexts. This study of how people make their lives amidst overlapping ecological and political-economic upheavals is rich in ethnographic detail that is both rooted in Soviet legacies and alive to the new transnational connections that are reshaping the region. Offering a rigorous political ecology of Soviet socialism and after, the book is a major contribution to the nascent environmental anthropology of Central Asia. It will be of interest to environmental anthropologists, environmental historians, and scholars of all disciplines working on Central Asia and the former USSR.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEconomic Exposures in Asia
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.otheranthropology
dc.subject.otherAral Sea
dc.subject.otherKazakhstan
dc.subject.otherfishing
dc.subject.otherethnography
dc.subject.otherpost-Soviet
dc.subject.otherGEOGRAPHY
dc.subject.otherhistory
dc.subject.otherenvironmental history
dc.subject.otherpolitical ecology
dc.subject.otherUSSR
dc.subject.otherSoviet
dc.subject.otherthema EDItEUR::J Society and Social Sciences::JH Sociology and anthropology::JHM Anthropology::JHMC Social and cultural anthropology
dc.titleEnvironment and Post-Soviet Transformation in Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea Region
dc.title.alternativeSea changes
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.14324/111.9781800080331
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy29b9f0a3-1b0d-4bdd-99d7-b4d3432d7fcc
oapen.relation.isbn9781800080331
oapen.relation.isbn9781800080348
oapen.relation.isbn9781800080355
oapen.relation.isbn9781800080362
oapen.relation.isbn9781800080379
oapen.imprintUCL Press
oapen.place.publicationLondon


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