Demokratizatsiya

Journal covering past and current political, economical, social, and legal changes and developments in the Soviet Union and its successor states.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 3, Summer

Friends, Foes, and Facebook: Blocking the Internet in Tajikistan
Tajikistan offers a unique case study for examining the role of the Internet in national politics. Within the context of its Central Asian neighbors, the country allows more space for on-line autonomy than Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan, but put in place...
In Search of Kazakhness: The Televisual Landscape and Screening of Nation in Kazakhstan
Television is the most widespread form of media in Kazakhstan, as well as the most trusted.1 This confidence in television cannot be explained only by the political authorities' control over it. Television is trusted also because it offers cheap entertainment...
Mass Media Consumption in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: The View from Below
Much has been written in the literature on political communication about the social, economic, and political challenges that independent media in the post-communist region continue to face. While we have a good idea of how Western media experts and local...
Small Screen Nation Building: Astana - My Love
On 21 June 2010, the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan was officially presented with a television miniseries titled Astana - My Love, two episodes of which were screened on this occasion.1 The newspaper Kazakhstanskaia Pravda reported from the...
Social Media and Online Public Debate in Central Asia: A Journalist's Perspective
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The emergence of the Internet and the growing participation of people, especially youth, in social media constitute positive change for Central Asia.1 Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and...
The Media Landscape in Central Asia: Introduction to the Special Issue
The print and electronic media in Central Asia are both forum and battlefield for political agendas, economic interests, activist idealism, and pragmatic cynicism. Through their respective mass media, the establishments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,...
The Persistence of Media Control under Consolidated Authoritarianism: Containing Kazakhstan's Digital Media
On 5 February, 2014, Nurali Aytelenov, Rinat Kibrayev, and Dmitriy Shelokov - three bloggers operating in Kazakhstan - received 10-day sentences for hooliganism charges after being arrested for publicly protesting their exclusion from a meeting between...
Youth Media Consumption and Perceptions of Electoral Integrity in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Central Asian societies have recently experienced spectacular growth in Internet use.1 The share of Internet users soared from 1 percent in 2001 to 50.6 percent in 2011 in Kazakhstan.2 The proportion of Internet users also grew, albeit at a slower pace,...
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