Understanding the moral economy of post-Soviet societies: an investigation into moral sentiments and material interests in Kyrgyzstan

Sanghera, Balihar and Ilyasov, Aibek and Satybaldieva, Elmira (2006) Understanding the moral economy of post-Soviet societies: an investigation into moral sentiments and material interests in Kyrgyzstan. International Social Science Journal, 58 (190). pp. 715-727. ISSN 0020-8701. (Full text available)

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Abstract

The article offers three competing conceptual approaches to the moral economy in post-Soviet societies: the economic market, the socially embedded and the moral sentiments approaches. We aim to contribute to the debate on how post-Soviet economies are socially constituted, paying particular attention to their moral and ethical aspects, and arguing for a cross-disciplinary account of Kyrgyzstani market society that engages with political economy, post-communism and moral philosophy. We analyse how, as vulnerable and dependent human beings, we care for and have responsibilities for others, though it is a struggle to pursue these concerns and commitments and to have compassion in a harsh economic environment. We suggest that the moral sentiments approach reveals how moral emotions inform and motivate economic behaviour and affect human well-being. By analysing the transition in the public sector, social networks and real markets in Kyrgyzstan, this perspective explains how shame, frustration and anger dominate people's lives and how corruption emerges in the absence of both positive moral emotions and human capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Medway
Depositing User: Balihar Sanghera
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 14:08
Last Modified: 02 May 2014 11:36
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/7707 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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