Victoria Clement's new book, Learning to Become Turkmen: Literacy, Language, and Power, 1914-2014, was published in May, 2018 by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
A recent book review by eurasianet describes it as, "a bold attempt at getting under the skin of a notoriously impenetrable country. With her meticulous dive into the archives, Clement provides a salutary study of how the nation’s belated embrace of enlightenment – in late Tsarist decades and more aggressively in the Soviet period – forged an understanding of Turkmenchilik, or 'Turkmen-ness.' In doing this, she has provided a valuable antidote to the zany personality-based image of Turkmenistan most laypeople operate with today." [The full book review is available here.]
The publisher describes the book as: "Learning to Become Turkmen examines the ways in which the iconography of everyday life—in dramatically different alphabets, multiple languages, and shifting education policies—reflects the evolution of Turkmen society in Central Asia over the past century."