Despite the changes to culture, work, and even the variety of occupations in Uzbekistan,
in general the people's lives are centered on the lands and family. Free time
is more common during the short winter days, but few people have the discretionary
income to go out and enjoy the money they make. More commonly, life is focused in
the home and free time is spent with family and friends.
The people of Uzbekistan are struggling to find a unified
identity as the people argue how each person should be identified. Many of the ethnic
Uzbeks identify as "Uzbeks," which they tend to define in political, cultural,
and ethnic terms. This is usually defined by being a Muslim, having a settled lifestyle,
speaking Uzbek, and being an ethnic Uzbek. Most ethnic Tajiks in the country identify
as Tajiks, but citizens of Uzbekistan. Many other minority groups refuse to be identified
as Uzbek, even under political terms; this is in part because the Uzbeks have tied
the culture, language, and ethnicity to the Uzbek identity, implying the identity
requires more than just citizenship, hence excluding these ethnic minorities. Because
of this, most ethnic minorities generally identify by their ethnicity, which tends
to be tied to a distinct language and culture.