PhD thesis outline, completed 2011

An in-depth history of ideas, intellectual history study of Soviet enculturation/socialisation and acculturation in Muslim Central Asia. 

My methodology was library based, using English language Cold War texts and literature which cover and Marxist-Leninist primary sources. My research explained (1) the core Soviet socialisation channels: schools, colleges, trade schools, universities, sport and leisure institutions, public ceremony, mass mobilisation and ritual, and the youth movements of Soviet Central Asia - the Pioneers and the Komsomol), (2) the building of the collective 'socialist people' with a shared ideological consciousness - commonly and mistakenly known in the West as the 'Soviet Man', (3) the affect of Gorbachev's perestroika restructuring and glasnost openeness policies on education and the preparation of young people for the adult world in Central Asia, (4) the significance of civic values and norms within an authoritarian education system - with the aim to create a common outlook amidst 100 plus different ethnic-cultural Soviet nations and peoples. My PhD was entirely self-funded, and I balanced my research with paid employment. The case study was Uzbekistan, the Muslim majority country with the largest population in Central Asia. And with an intellectual focus upon social issues, theory and education. The time period was 1924-1991 CE, with particular focus upon the 1980s. The theoretical framework used is R.M. Smith's Stories of Peoplehood: The Politics and Morals of Political Membership