This volume contributes new insights to the scientific debate on post-Socialist urbanities. Based on ethnographic research in cities of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Russia, its contributions scrutinise the social production of diverse public, parochial and private spaces in conjunction with patterns of everyday encounter, identification, consumption and narration. The analyses extend from the transnational entanglements between a Dushanbe bazaar and hyper-modern Dubai to the micro-level hierarchies in a flat-sharing community in Astana. They explore competing notions of urban belonging and aesthetics in Yerevan, local perception of Central Asian Muslims in Kazan and Saint Petersburg, and more, providing a rich tapestry of academic study. Taken together, the case studies address cities as gateways to ‘new worlds’ (both local and global), discuss ambitions of states at taming urban landscapes, and illustrate current trends of economic, religious and other lifestyles in urban Central Asia and beyond. This book was originally published as a special issue of Central Asian Survey.

chapter |12 pages


Urban spaces and lifestyles in Central Asia and beyond: an introduction
ByPhilipp Schröder

chapter |21 pages

The manufacturing of Islamic lifestyles in Tajikistan through the prism of Dushanbe’s bazaars

ByManja Stephan-Emmrich, Abdullah Mirzoev

chapter |23 pages

The ignoble savage in urban Yerevan

BySusanne Fehlings

chapter |20 pages

Experiencing liminality: housing, renting and informal tenants in Astana

ByKishimjan Osmonova

chapter |16 pages

Assemblages of mobility: the marshrutkas of Central Asia

ByWladimir Sgibnev a, Andrey Vozyanov b