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Ruins of hope in a Kyrgyz post-industrial wasteland (respond to this article at http://www.therai.org.uk/at/debate)

Pelkmans, Mathijs (2013) Ruins of hope in a Kyrgyz post-industrial wasteland (respond to this article at http://www.therai.org.uk/at/debate). Anthropology Today, 29 (5). pp. 17-21. ISSN 0268-540X

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Abstract

When people find themselves in dire situations, they use their imagination to transcend space and time. Forward-projected hope and backward-looking nostalgia are usually juxtaposed for their different temporal orientations and their different roles in social action. This article examines how this plays out in a former mining town in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, whose inhabitants treasure the memories of Soviet modernity while dreaming of a future of economic abundance. Here, the sentiments of nostalgia and hope converge in their resonance with the ruins of empire, while their effects depend upon concealing the fragility of utopian visions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2013 RAI
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2329 Industrialization
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 17:29
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/54186/

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