The author suggests how, through the search of specificity and difference from surrounding countries by Uzbekistani political authorities, the neighbourhood community (mahalla) has come to take place in the political discourse as a national symbol of ‘Uzbekness’.  On the administrative level, the mahalla has also become since independence the basic territorial unit or district (the French term circonscription = “constituency” is inappropriate) of the Uzbekistani administration.  The current redefinition of social relations provides the mahalla with new significations linked with the overall process of the invention of a tradition (rather than with the reappearance of social forms that have disappeared during the Soviet period).

The Redaction
CER: I-7.4.G-680