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What happened to the Second World? Earthquakes and postsocialism in Kazakhstan

Bankoff, Greg; Oven, Katie


Katie Oven


There is an assumption that with the disintegration of the USSR the Second World ceased to exist. Yet the demise of the Communist bloc as a geopolitical reality did not mean that it ceased to exert a defining influence over how people think and behave. This article examines how the postsocialist state in Kazakhstan deals with potential crises such as earthquakes and the extent to which the Soviet legacy still shapes intellectual debates, state structures and civil society organisations in in that country. Drawing on fieldwork and interviews, this paper re‐examines the Second World not only in its historical context but re‐establishes it as a conceptual framework for considering DRR in the former Soviet Bloc.


Bankoff, G., & Oven, K. (in press). What happened to the Second World? Earthquakes and postsocialism in Kazakhstan. Disasters, 44, 2020(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 21, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 24, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 10, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 25, 2021
Print ISSN 0361-3666
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44, 2020
Issue 1
Keywords Second World; Postsocialism; DRR; Earthquakes; Kazakhstan
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