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Abstract

The meaning of peace in post-Soviet Central Asia is highly contested. At the everyday level of the popular and the social, understandings of peace diverge among different social and ethnic groups. At a national level, public discourses of peace that prioritize notions such as stability and authority are contested by individuals and communities pursuing justice or defending human rights. At an international level, multi-lateral organizations promote liberal understandings of peace and peacebuilding, but these ideas are challenged by authoritarian conceptualizations of peace and stability promoted both by governing elites and by regional hegemons such as Russia and China.

Keywords

Labour Migration Regional Perspective Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Everyday Discourse Liberal Understanding 
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