IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(5): 397-404 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.386

The Discourses of Romanticism and Heroism in the Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

Aijarkyn Kojobekova
Abstract—After the two so-called ―colored revolutions‖ of March 24, 2005 and April 7, 2010 in Kyrgyzstan the ideas about the future development produced by political, traditional elite groups and academics are shaped into the certain discourses that reflect socio-cultural and political projects including real events and processes along with imagined reality. Among the inconsistent and incoherent discourses which take place in the social rhetoric of Kyrgyzstan, two dominant discourses – about Kyrgyz nomads and National heroes - have provoked ardent debates for many years. This article describes and analyzes the above mentioned discourses in order to reveal their contents, character and effects. I will present the results of my field research that includes the analysis of publications, political leaders’ speeches, transcript materials from different intellectual group discussions, interviews with academics and participants of April 7 ―revolution‖. I will illustrate that these discourses cover both political and socio-cultural issues connected with the imagined reality instead of solving short-term and long-term problems in certain aspects of Kyrgyzstan life. I believe that under the umbrella of political Romanticism they reflect an intention of some elite groups to have much more influence on the political processes and to redistribute symbolical power.

Index Terms—Discourse, heroization, legitimation, national heroes.

Aijarkyn Kojobekova is with the International University of Central Asia, Tokmok city, Kyrgyzstan (e-mail: akojobekova@gmail.com).

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Cite: Aijarkyn Kojobekova, " The Discourses of Romanticism and Heroism in the Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 397-404, 2014.

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