Van Assche, Kristof Hornidge, Anna-Katharina Shtaltovna, Anastasiya Boboyorov, Hafiz
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ZEF Working Paper Series 118
In this paper, we investigate the utility of Knorr-Cetina's theory of epistemic cultures and knowledge cultures for the analysis of rural transition in post-socialist countries. We look at the evolution of agricultural expertise in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Georgia, with a special interest in the reconstruction of 'extension', a concept we also critically investigate by means of Knorr-Cetina's framework. It is argued that rural transition in the three countries is marked by patterns of convergence and divergence, and that each path can be described as a unique and interdependent combination of epistemic cultures and knowledge culture, leading to unique modes of interpretation, recombination and implementation of both imported and pre-existing models of extension.
rural development Central Asia extension services knowledge epistemic cultures