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Anthropology; Russian and Eurasian Studies
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This project is an anthropological examination of the Kyrgyz community living in Chicago. It involves a deep examination of who the Kyrgyz are as an ethnic group, how they have developed a shared identity, and how this identity forms the basis of their community in Chicago. It also includes an ethnographic examination of two formal organizations—a nonprofit and a restaurant—that are run by Kyrgyz people and serve the Kyrgyz population, and a similar examination of Kyrgyz-Chicagoans’ relationships to institutions. After analyzing the complex web of relations between community, organizations, and institutions, I argue that informal organizations and institutions are especially important for creating community among the Kyrgyz in Chicago, while formal organizations are especially important for sustaining community.
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Roth, Jonah Victor Sorby, "Forming the Kyrgyz Community of Chicago: Identity, Organizations, and Institutions" (2023). Senior Projects Spring 2023. 108.
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