West-Central Asia: a comparative analysis of students’ trajectories in Russia (Moscow) from the 1980s and China (Yiwu) from the 2000s

Ibanez-Tirado, Diana (2019) West-Central Asia: a comparative analysis of students’ trajectories in Russia (Moscow) from the 1980s and China (Yiwu) from the 2000s. Journal of Eurasian Studies, 10 (1). pp. 48-60. ISSN 1879-3665

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Abstract

Through an exploration of oral history and ethnographic material, this article makes a comparative examination of the life-trajectories of students from Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan who studied in Russia (Moscow) during the late 1980s, and from Tajikistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia who studied in China in the 2000s. In contrast to the cohort of students in Moscow who were mainly men from places with relatively amicable relations with the USSR, the female students of Muslim background from West and Central Asia regarded China as a place where they could pursue fulfilling forms of economic and personal autonomy. By comparing these two groups of international students, this article sheds light into the nature of historical, geographical and geopolitical connections and disconnections between West-Central Asia, Eurasia (especially Russia) and East Asia (especially China). By centring its attention to the demise of Soviet/Russian education and the emergence of China as a figure of economic prosperity, the article theorises West-Central Asia as a particular arena of interaction suitable to comprehend the networks, ‘third spaces’ or zones of interaction (e.g. Moscow and Yiwu), and forms of connection fostered by these students’ trajectories.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: student trajectories; university; Moscow; Yiwu; China; West Asia; Central Asia; Eurasia; Cold War; gender; area studies
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS701 China
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
K Law > KL-KWK Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
L Education > L Education (General)
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Depositing User: Diana Ibanez-Tirado
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 11:28
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 18:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79855

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