The Impact on Family Life

Valery Tishkov

in Chechnya

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238879
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930209 | DOI:
The Impact on Family Life

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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

Chapter.  6974 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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