Transnationalism in Illiberal Political Regimes: Uzbek Migrants in Russia
Rustam Urinboyev, Research Fellow in Sociology of Law. “Transnationalism in Illiberal Political Regimes: Uzbek Migrants in Russia”.
Abstract: There is extensive literature on migrant transnationalism. However, the existing research on the topic emanates from the case studies of immigrant communities in the Western-type democracies, while we know little about the transnational practices of migrants in the illiberal political contexts such as Russia where labour migrants are subject to numerous human rights abuses and cannot engage in collective action. Given these differences we cannot assume that the theoretical perspectives from Western contexts may be applicable in Russia. These specifics of the Russian migration regime have implications for transnational migration literature, highlighting the need for context-sensitive understanding of migrant transnationalism. These questions will be explored with reference to author’s multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in Moscow, Russia, and Fergana, Uzbekistan, conducted during January 2014 - October 2017.
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