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ChechnyaLife in a War-Torn Society$
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Valery Tishkov

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238879

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238879.001.0001

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The Impact on Family Life

The Impact on Family Life

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(p.151) Ten The Impact on Family Life
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Chechnya
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Valery Tishkov

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238879.003.0010

This chapter describes the sociology of the Chechen family during and after the Secessionist Warfare. The family is the primary social institution in Chechnya, and before the conflict, nuclear family structures and marriage customs were essentially similar to those in the Russian Federation as a whole, but there was some cultural specificity in the child socialization and family rituals. The war had its greatest impact on Chechens in their family life. They took up arms to defend their homes and families, and many fought only near their own settlements, both before and after the introduction of federal troops. No propaganda was as likely to turn an ordinary Chechen into a boyeviki as the destruction of his home or the loss of his family. Joining the boyeviki, however, was not always seen as a positive solution, and many tried to prevent members of their families, particularly young men and teenagers, from participating in the war in such a way.

Keywords:   family life, child socialization, Secessionist Warfare, Russian Federation, Chechens, boyeviki

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