SSRC Pre-Dissertation Fellow Igor Rubinov

Post-Soviet Migration: Remaking National Identities, Financing National Economies

Anthropology, Princeton University

Location of Research: Tajikistan

Project Description
Building upon my MA research on remittances and development in Kyrgyzstan, the SSRC-funded fieldwork in Tajikistan will help initiate a comparative understanding of migration as an economic and political force reshaping Central Asia’s relationship to Russia. The exploratory research this summer will begin to answer how transnational migration allows citizens to reconcile their problematic relationship with a former colonial state. I will explore how the Tajik state, and international migration agencies, guide decisions over remittance use and how communal processes of remittance investment, exchange, and celebration provide the interstitial support that states do not. I am concerned with how migrants reconcile being nationals of a country that that is failing them while being dependent of a country that had formerly colonized them.

Bio:
Igor Rubinov is currently a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University. He holds a BA in Anthropology from Cornell University and an MA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.

Policy Brief:
I Post-Soviet Migration: Remaking National Identities, Financing National Economies [.pdf, 136kb]
Policy Brief #2013-03