Sophie Roche

Domesticating Youth

Youth Bulges and their Socio-political Implications in Tajikistan

Berghahn Books 2000

Books Received: AnthropologyBooks Received: Central Asian StudiesBooks Received: Russian and Eurasian StudiesBooks Received: SociologyNew Books Network September 19, 2016

Most of the Muslim societies of the world have entered a demographic transition from high to low fertility, and this process is accompanied by...

Most of the Muslim societies of the world have entered a demographic transition from high to low fertility, and this process is accompanied by an increase in youth vis–vis other age groups. Political scientists and historians have debated whether such a “youth bulge” increases the potential for conflict or whether it represents a chance to accumulate wealth and push forward social and technological developments. This book introduces the discussion about youth bulge into social anthropology using Tajikistan, a post-Soviet country that experienced civil war in the 1990s, which is in the middle of such a demographic transition. Sophie Roche develops a social anthropological approach to analyze demographic and political dynamics, and suggests a new way of thinking about social change in youth bulge societies

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