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Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System by Georgi M. Derluguian

By Georgi M. Derluguian

Bourdieu's mystery Admirer within the Caucasus is a gripping account of the developmental dynamics concerned about the cave in of Soviet socialism. Fusing a story of human business enterprise to his severe dialogue of structural forces, Georgi M. Derluguian reconstructs from firsthand money owed the existence tale of Musa Shanib—who from a small city within the Caucasus grew to become a widespread chief within the Chechen revolution. In his exam of Shanib and his prepared curiosity within the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, Derluguian discerns how and why this dissident highbrow grew to become a nationalist warlord.

Exploring globalization, democratization, ethnic identification, and foreign terrorism, Derluguian contextualizes Shanib's own trajectory from de-Stalinization in the course of the nationalist rebellions of the Nineties, to the new upward push in Islamic militancy. He masterfully unearths not just how exterior monetary and political forces have an effect on the previous Soviet republics yet how these forces are in flip formed by way of the contributors, associations, ethnicities, and social networks that make up these societies. Drawing at the paintings of Charles Tilly, Immanuel Wallerstein, and, after all, Bourdieu, Derluguian's clarification of the new ethnic wars and terrorist acts in Russia succeeds in illuminating the position of human corporation in shaping history.

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Perriaps this is why almost nobody except the die-hard nationalists, and the printers of official letterheads, used the name Djohar-kala. " This was a typical nationalist invention of tradition. Ichkeria is neither Chechen in origin nor a single word, but in fact two words that translate from Kumyk, one of Daghestan's major languages, as something like "that place over there" - ich keri. For close to a thousand years Kumyk and Tatar, the Turkic tongues of the dominant steppe dwellers, served as the lingua franca throughout the multi-ethnic North Caucasus (much like Swahili in East Africa).

5 This may of course be a romanticized version of what happens. Yet some sketchy quantitative data I managed to gather regarding the families of guerrillas - not only in Chechnya but also in the wars of Nagorny Karabagh and Abkhazia — indicates that a disproportionate number of fighters did indeed come from families with three or more sons. Such a large number of children became relatively rare in the Soviet republics, following the industrialization which was for the most part completed in the 1950s-1960s.

My first debt then, perhaps unusually, belongs to an impersonal institution: the American university libraries and especially the marvel of open access to the stacks. Many days over the years have been spent lurking amidst the bookshelves in these Aladdin's caves - and those familiar with the Soviet-era institution of spetskhran (special sections for banned books) will appreciate the sensation. Here I might come across elaborate devices of unknown use, or treasures which at a closer inspection proved to be false, or just a lot of old trash (though some of it manufactured very recently).

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