PhD. thesis: Soviet citizenship in Uzbekistan

PhD. thesis outline: Implementing a vision of citizenship in Soviet Uzbekistan: Theory, social issues and education

  • An in-depth study (history of ideas/intellectual history/political history) of enculturation/socialisation and acculturation in former Soviet Muslim Central Asia.
  • My research method was university library based critical analysis, using British and United States Cold War texts and literature, and translated into English Marxist-Leninist Soviet primary sources.

My research explained

  • the core Soviet socialisation channels: schools, colleges, trade schools, universities sport and leisure institutions, public ceremony, mass mobilisation and ritual, and the youth movements of Soviet Central Asia (the Pioneers and the Komsomol)
  • the building of the collective socialist people with a shared ideology (known in the West as the ‘Soviet Man’); with the aim to create a common outlook amidst 100 plus different ethnic-cultural Soviet nations and ethnic groups
  • the effect of Gorbachev’s (perestroika) restructuring and (glasnost) openness policies, circa the mid-1980s, on education and the preparation of young people for the adult world in Central Asia
  • the significance of civic values and norms within an authoritarian education system

The case study country was Uzbekistan (the Muslim majority country with the largest population in Central Asia).

And with an intellectual focus upon social issues, theory and education.

The time period was 1924-1991 CE, with particular focus upon the 1980s.

The theoretical framework used is R. M. Smith’s Stories of Peoplehood: The Politics and Morals of Political Membership (2010).

Review of my PhD