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Introduction to Survey Research in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Tasks, Challenges and Frontiers

  • Timur Dadabaev
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Abstract

This chapter will outline the problems and challenges associated with social research in Central Asia in general and in Uzbekistan in particular. This chapter will first introduce the types of public polls conducted in CA, classifying them into the various areas they target and the aims of the studies conducted. In the second part, it will provide an account of the public opinion polling efforts in Central Asia initiated in Japan, citing several projects conducted and outlining their differences compared with the polling conducted in CA. This part will analyze not only ongoing or completed projects, such as the AsiaBarometer, but also those in which the CA direction is in the initial stage of exploration, as exemplified by the Special Project for the Study of Civil Society. This will not only serve as a source of information but will also offer specific examples of challenges faced by the scholars involved in this type of research. The third part will highlight the challenges that scholars are normally faced with when attempting to poll CA societies. An outline of these challenges is divided into the following two groups: conceptual and logistical. After providing an account of these challenges, the final part of this chapter will conclude by summarizing the main ideas and offering potential areas for further public opinion polling in CA. This chapter will also explain the methodology behind data collected on civil society organizations in Uzbekistan. The survey itself has been conducted between 2006 and 2007 in regard to two separate types of organizations: (1) neighborhood organizations and (2) nonprofit organizations (including NGOs). These surveys are parts of a larger project called the Cross-national Survey on Civil Society Organisations and Interests Groups operated by the University of Tsukuba. Along with Uzbekistan, similar surveys were conducted in 14 other countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Estonia, Germany, India, Japan, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and the U.S. The generic name of the survey is the Japan Interest Group Study (JIGS).

Thus, this chapter explains the data samples, the population from which these samples are selected, the related features and a few limitations of the JIGS survey in Uzbekistan. This chapter goes beyond explaining the methodology for data collection to elaborate on the need for an empirical baseline analysis of social capital in non-democratic settings.

Keywords

Civil Society Survey Research Civil Society Organization Telephone Directory Public Opinion Polling 
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