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Ibanez-Tirado, Diana (2015) '‘How can I be post-Soviet if I was never Soviet?’ Rethinking categories of time and social change – a perspective from Kulob, southern Tajikistan.' Central Asian Survey, 34 (2). pp. 190-203.

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Based on anthropological fieldwork conducted in the Kulob region of southern Tajikistan, this paper examines the extent to which the existing periodization ‘Soviet/post-Soviet’ is still valid to frame scholarly works concerning Central Asia. It does so through an analysis of ‘alternative temporalities’ conveyed by Kulob residents to the author. These alternative temporalities are fashioned in especially clear ways in a relationship to the physical transformations occurring to two types of housing, namely flats in building blocks and detached houses. Without arguing that the categories ‘Soviet’ and ‘post-Soviet’ have become futile, the author advocates that the uncritically use of Soviet/post-Soviet has the unwanted effect of shaping the Central Asian region as a temporalized and specialized ‘other’.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Soviet, post-Soviet, time, temporality, chronology, housing
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus
ISSN: 02634937
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 11:11

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