This book argues for the need to rethink governance through the lens of 'resilience as self-governance'. Building on complexity-thinking, it contends that in the context of change and complex life, challenges are most efficiently dealt with, at the source, 'locally', to make 'the global' more responsive and sustainable.
Resilience as self-governance is advanced as an overriding framework to explore its constitutive elements - identity, ‘good life’, local coping strategies and support infrastructures - which, when mobilized, can turn communities into ‘peoplehood’ in the face of adversity. It is argued that these communities of relations, self-organised and self-aware of their worth, is what makes them so resilient to crises, and what helps them to transform with change; and how they should be governed today. Central Eurasia, spanning from Belarus in the west, to Azerbaijan in the south and Kyrgyzstan in the east, provides fertile grounds for exploring how resilience works in practice in times of complex change. By immersing into centuries-long traditions and philosophy, local experiences of survival, and visions for change, this book shows that governability at any level requires a substantive 'local' input to make 'the global' more enduring and resilient in a complex adaptive world.
This book will be of great value to students and scholars in the fields of Politics including Eurasian politics and the various aspects of Governance. Most of the chapters in this book were published as a special issue of Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
Introduction: What makes communities resilient in times of complexity and change?
Elena A. Korosteleva and Irina Petrova
1. Decolonising resilience: reading Glissant’s Poetics of Relation in Central Eurasia
2. From ‘Westlessness’ to renewal of the liberal international order: whose vision for the ‘good life’ will matter?
3. Encountering the Complexity of Global Life
4. ‘Imitated’ or genuine? The value of resilience in Sufi-hamsoya
5. Communal self-governance as an alternative to neoliberal governance: proposing a post-development approach to EU resilience-building in Central Asia
Fabienne Bossuyt and Nazima Davletova
6. Belarus between West and East: experience of social integration via inclusive resilience
Victor Pravdivets, Anna Markovich and Artsiom Nazaranka
7. The Azerbaijani resilient society: explaining the multifaceted aspects of people’s social solidarity
Azar Babayev and Kavus Abushov
8. Community resilience and social capital in post-Soviet mono-industrial areas affected by the uranium legacy and radiation: evidence from Kyrgyzstan
Chiara Pierobon and Zarina Adambussinova
Locating Central Eurasia’s inherent resilience