Several untypical features of the Kyrgyz revolution of 2005 ― if compared with the series of ‘colour revolutions’ to which it is generally ascribed ― are straightaway identified in the present study. One is the fact that the focal points of this fact (the cities of Jalalabad, Osh, and Bishkek) were filled with a mélange of impoverished villagers, children, elderly residents, and middle-class citizens. Another is the fact that the protests were not dominated by NGOs. Drawing upon the literature on social capital in Western and ‘traditional’ societies, the author shows how there forces interacted to facilitate revolutionary collective action in Kyrgyzstan.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.4.D-654