International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Conservative Resistance: Looking Behind the Veil of Memoir in Soviet Kazakhstan


This essay looks at Mukhamet Shayakhmetov’s, a Kazakh headteacher in the 50s and 60s, memoir through the lens of James C Scott’s Everyday Forms of Resistance. In using Scott’s argument, the essay reveals the subconscious tools and strategies employed by the working class in a struggle against the powerful bureaucracy of the Soviet Union. Even among ideologues, whose perspective of post-war Stalin policies contrasted greatly with common Western conceptions, forms of resistance were employed so subtle as to be almost unrecognizable.