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Society and Culture in Central Eurasia - JMMZ214
Anglický název: Society and Culture in Central Eurasia
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2017
Semestr: letní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:kombinovaná
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 10 / neurčen (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
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Garant: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D.
Neslučitelnost : JMMZ178
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (23.01.2018)
The course aims to familiarize the students to often neglected issues of Central Eurasian societies and their cultures. The collapse of the Soviet communist ideology and its secular and modernising imperatives, and the processes of opening up to new opportunities or returning to repressed identities, customs and values, have changed the cultural and societal landscape of this region. Making sense of some of the key aspects of these cultural and societal legacies and changes in this region is key for understanding local politics and cultural behaviour.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (23.01.2018)


1.     Introductory seminar

2.     Caucasus identities

3.     Gender and society in the Caucasus

4.     Family and kinship in the North Caucasus

5.     Central Asian identities

6.     Family and kinship in Central Asia society

7.     Gender, marriages and inter-gender relation in Central Asian society

8.     Religion and society in Central Asia

9.     Migration and its impact on Central Asian societies

10.  Corruption within Central Eurasian societies

11.  Religion and society in the Caucasus

12.  Blood feud and the culture of retaliation in the Caucasus




1. Introductory Seminar

·       Syllabus of the course


2Caucasus Identities

·       Coene, Fredrik, The Caucasus: An introduction, New York: Routledge, 2009, chapters 3 and 4 (SIS)


3. Gender and Society in the Caucasus

·       Sabedashvili, Tamar, Gender and Politics in the South Caucasus, Caucasus Analytical Digest, No. 21, 30, November 2010

·       Kamm, Elke, Women and honour in the Republic of Georgia About bride kidnapping and ‘revirginisation,’ a research note.


4. Family and Kinship in the North Caucasus

·       Aslan, Emil, An Endless War: The Russian-Chechen Conflict in Perspective, 2007, chapter 1

·       Sokirianskaia, Ekaterina, "Families and clans in Ingushetia and Chechnya. A fieldwork report, " Central Asian Survey 24, no. 4 (2005): 453-467, (Taylor & Francis Database).


5. Central Asian Identities 

·       Roy, Olivier: The New Central Asia. The Creation of Nations. New York: New York University Press, 2005, p. 1-25 (Introduction) Jinonice library

·       The Transformation of Central Asia. States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence. Edited by Pauline Jones Luong. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2004, p. 1-26 (Introduction). Jinonice library

6. Family and kinship in Central Asia society

·       Virginia, Martin: Law and Custom in the Steppe. The Kazakhs of the Middle Horde and Russian Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century. London: Routledge, 2001, p. 87-155 (Jinonice library)

·       Esenova, S.: Soviet Nationality, Identity, and Ethnicity in Central Asia: Historic Narratives and Kazakh Ethnic Identity, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 22, Issue 1, 2002, p. 11-38 (Taylor&Francis database).


7. Gender, marriages and inter-gender relation in Central Asian society 

·       Colette, Harris: Seductive consumption. The influence of pornography on marital sexual demands in Tajikistan. In: Chic, chèque, choc. Transactions autour des corps et stratégies amoureuses contemporaires. Edited by Françoise Grange Omokaro and Fenneke Reysoo. Berne - Geneve: DDC-Commission suisse pour l’UNESCO - IHEID, 2007.

·       Kamp, Marianne: Gender Ideals and Income Realities: Discourses about Labor and Gender in Uzbekistan. Nationalities Papers, Vol. 33, Issue 3 (September 2005), p. 403-422 (EBSCO)


8. Religion and society in Central Asia

·       Kehl-Bodrogi: Krisztina: "Religion is not so strong here". Muslim Religious Life in Khorezm after Socialism. Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia, 2008, Chapters 4 and 5. (Jinonice library)


9. Migration and its impact on Central Asian societies

·       Malyuchenko, Irina. Labour Migration from Central Asia to Russia: Economic and Social Impact on the Societies of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Central Asian Security Policy Brief, OSCE Academy, Bishkek, February 2015

·       Peyrouse, Sebastien, Russian Minority in Central Asia: Migration, Politics, and Language. Kennan Institute occasional paper, 2008.

10. Corruption within Central Eurasian Societies

·       Mambetaliev, Askarbek, „Corruption in Central Asia. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2004

·       Marat, Erica: The State-Crime Nexus in Central Asia. State Weakness, Organized Crime, and Corruption in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Silk Road Paper, 2006, p. 103-119.

·       Karklins, Rasma: Typology of Post-Communist Corruption. Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 49, No. 4 (July/August, 2002), p. 22-32. 

·       Mirimanova Natalia, Diana Klein (ed.), Corruption and Conflict in the South Caucasus, International Alert, 2005,

11.  Religion and Society in the Caucasus

·       Zelkina, Anna, "Islam and Politics in the North Caucasus," Religion, State and Society, 21(1), 1993,

·       Halbach, Uwe, "Islam in the North Caucasus," Archives de sciences sociales des religions, no. 115 (julliet - septembre 2001). 


12. Chechnya Blood feud and the culture of retaliation in the Caucasus

·       Ratelle, Jean-Francois - Aslan, Emil A., "Retaliation in Rebellion: The Missing Link to Explaining Insurgent Violence in Dagestan," Terrorism and Political Violence, upcoming in 2015,

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (23.01.2018)


1)    Attendance is mandatory as the course is designed as a seminar where substantial student participation is needed.

2)    For each class, a position paper of around 300 words should be prepared. Position papers should either address reading for particular class or constitute an analytical coverage of relevant topics. They should be done individually not as a group effort.

3)    To the 12th week’s class, a final paper of around 3000 words should be submitted to the lecturer.

4)    Active class participation – 20% position papers – 40% and final paper - 40%. 



A - "výborně - A" - "excellent - A"
B - "výborně - B" - "excellent - B"
C - "velmi dobře - C" - "very good - C"
D - "velmi dobře - D" - "very good - D"
E - "dobře - E" - "good - E"
F - "neprospěl/a - F" - "fail - F"



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