METHODOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES IN HISTORICAL STUDIES OF ETHNO-NATIONAL IDENTITY OF CENTRAL ASIAN PEOPLES

Valeriy S. Khan

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Abstract:The identity of various ethnos in Uzbekistan gets complicated when methodologicalprinciples and criteria are substituted by ideological speculations during analyticalstudies. The stereotype Uzbek identity unless dynamic and glued to a set of behaviouralexpectation, heterogeneous or homogenous cultural setting, it remains abstract and staticand eludes analysis. Historically Soviet period consolidated specific Uzbek identity andat present its characteristic is preservation and differentiation. Although ethnic andnational identities have been incongruous, however, wrongly used interchangeably atdifferent epochs of history. In those studies element of politico-administrativeconsiderations were mostly left out. Likewise unity of natural historical andconstructionist principle has to be given a serious attention while formulatingcomponents of Uzbek identity. In the last 30 years we witness substantial growth ofethno-national consciousness, expressed through effectuated national ideologyintertwined with symbolic cultural revival.

Keywords:Uzbekistan, Central Asia, Soviets, ethnic identity, Uzbek, Turkic, national consciousness.


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