Domestic Discourse on Civil Society and Social Capital

  • Murod Ismailov
Part of the Politics and History in Central Asia book series (PSPSCA)


This chapter will elaborate on the domestic discourse of social capital and civil society in post-Soviet Uzbekistan. This chapter focuses on the works by local academics and political leaders on civil society and its forms in Uzbekistan. The chapter demonstrates that this field has received constant attention in both the official and scholarly literatures since the 1990s, and as the political elite strives to promote its own postulation of an evolutionary transition “from a strong state to a strong civil society”, interest in the subject among local intellectuals remains high.

The fact that the administrators and intellectuals are claiming their own models of civil society and social capital should not be underestimated because without understanding how the local conception of civil society is formed in relation to history, culture and power relations, it is difficult to examine the real nature of the sociopolitical environment in Uzbekistan. This chapter therefore highlights an alternative vision of civil society and social capital, which moves beyond Western-centric approaches to this matter. The aim of this chapter is to summarize some notable publications by local intellectuals in the Uzbek and Russian languages. Using the case study of Uzbekistan, this chapter also offers a model of how democratizing states are using social capital and civil society institutions to strengthen their legitimacy and increase the efficiency of their governance.


Social Capital Civil Society Political Elite Democratic Institution Associational Life 
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  • Murod Ismailov
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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