Livelihoods Strategies of Private Households in Central Asia

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A Rural-Urban Comparison in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

 

Short Description of the Project: Systemic change fro m a planned economy to market economy requires not only a n implementation of market institutions but also a mar ket -oriented acti on of citizens in everyday-life. The question th a t concerns us is how far actors have adapted to self-responsibility in facing such challenges as provision for the old ag e , unemployment, crises, etc. form themselves and their family members. The cross-country, rural-urban and cohort comparison will be based on quantitative and qualitative research.

The project aims at analyzing strategies of private lower- and medium-level-income households to make a living (sustainabl e l iveli hoods). Data are gathered by three research teams in Kazakhstan (regions Astana and Almaty) an d Kyrgyzstan (region Bishkek). Furthermore, the project trains y oung research scholars in the participating institutions.

(c) Heiko Schrader 1 April, 2011, all photographs by the author

Project Duration - April 2011- April 2013

Financing Institution : Volkswagen Foundation

(c) Heiko Schrader 1 April, 2011, all photographs by the author
The International Research Project Team Members are:
Prof. Aigul Zabirova - L.N. Gumilev Eurasian National Univ. Astana
Dr. Nazym Shedenova - Al-Farabi Univ. Almaty
Dr. Galina Gorborukova - American Univ. of Central Asia, Bishkek
Dr. Denis Gruber - State Univ. of St. Petersburg
Dr. Markus Kaiser - American Univ. of Central Asia, Bishkek
Batima Mambetalina - MA, Univ. of Magdeburg, Dpt. of Sociology
Nigina Avganova - MA, Univ. of Magdeburg, Dpt. of Sociology
Aikokul Maksutova - MA, Univ. of Magdeburg, Dpt. of Political Sciences
Team leaders of the Project are:
Prof. Dr. Heiko Schrader - Institute of Sociology, University of Magdeburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Dittrich -Institute of Sociology, University of Magdeburg, Germany

 

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