The Fortress and the Frontier: Mobility, Culture, and Class in Almaty and Astana

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Abstract

As the seat of the Kazakh government and a booming city since 1998, Astana has attracted hundreds of thousands of migrants. As a cultural and financial capital, Almaty has also continued to boom, drawing comparable numbers of migrants from different regions of Kazakhstan. However, varying historical trajectories and historically constructed notions of the urban and rural, as articulated by the cultural elites and policy-makers, as well as different preparedness of the government for migration flows in the 1990s and the 2000s in Almaty and Astana respectively, have resulted in quite diverse attitudes toward mobility and different perceptions about how urban order should be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberDOI: 10.1080/09668136.2017.1325445
Pages (from-to)642
Number of pages667
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Volume69
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

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The Fortress and the Frontier: Mobility, Culture, and Class in Almaty and Astana. / Bissenova, Alima.

In: Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 69, No. 4, DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2017.1325445, 06.2017, p. 642.

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