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Everyday disasters, stagnation and the normalcy of non-development: Roghun Dam, a flood, and campaigns of forced taxation in southern Tajikistan

Ibanez-Tirado, Diana (2015) 'Everyday disasters, stagnation and the normalcy of non-development: Roghun Dam, a flood, and campaigns of forced taxation in southern Tajikistan.' Central Asian Survey . (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

This article conducts a comparative analysis of a catastrophic flood that hit the Kulob region of southern Tajikistan in 2010, and the government of Tajikistan's campaign to gather money to build the Roghun dam and hydropower station. It advances the notion of ‘everyday disasters’ in order to explain the imprecise boundaries between major catastrophic events and more mundane dimensions of the everyday as experienced by residents of Kulob. The article seeks to shed light, firstly, on the processes that underpin both Kulob residents’ experiences of stagnation and the normalization of non-development, and, secondly, on the ways in which Kulob residents joke and ‘do’ cunning/cheating whilst dealing with disastrous events in order to cultivate an everydayness that is worth living.

Item Type: Articles
Additional Information: Advanced Online Publication: 02 Nov 2015
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Institutes and Regional Centres > Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/02634937.2015.1091600
Depositing User: Diana Ibanez-Tirado
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 15:27
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21491

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