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Learning to Become Turkmen: Literacy, Language, and Power, 1914-2014

Learning to Become Turkmen: Literacy, Language, and Power, 1914-2014

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University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018

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978-0822964636
Learning to Become Turkmen: Literacy, Language, and Power, 1914-2014

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Learning to Become Turkmen examines the waysin which the iconographyof everyday life--in dramatically different alphabets, multiple languages, and shifting education policies--reflects the evolution of Turkmen society in Central Asia over the past century. As Victoria Clement shows, the formal structures of the Russian imperial state did not affect Turkmen cultural formations nearly as much as Rusian language and Cyrillic script. Their departure was also as transformative to Turkmen politics and society as their arrival.

Complemented by extensive fieldwork, Learning to Become Turkmen is the first book in a Western language to draw on Turkmen archives, as it explores how Eurasia has been shaped historically. Revealing particular ways that Central Aians relate to the rest of the world, this study traces how Turkmen consciously used language and pedagogy to position themselves within global communities such as the Russian/Soviet Empire, the Turkic cultural continuum, and the greater Muslim world.

About the Author

Victoria Clement

Victoria Clement

Former Title VIII Research Fellow;
Eurasia Regional Analyst for Professional Solutions and the Center for Regional and Security Studies (CRSS), Marine Corps University
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region through research and exchange.  Read more