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The cultures and properties of decaying buildings

Alexander, Catherine M.. 2004. The cultures and properties of decaying buildings. Focaal, 44, pp. 48-60. ISSN 15579336 [Article]

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This article focuses on controversial plans by the government to rebuild Aisha Bibi, a small, crumbling mausoleum in southeastern Kazakhstan, and thereby hitch its symbolic potency to the nationalist drive. There has never been one commonly accepted account of the building in terms of when and by whom it was created. Nonetheless, it has long been a site of pilgrimage for many different groups and, since the Soviet period, a source of scientific interest. Plans to construct a replica building have brought the multitude of previously co-existing narratives into sharp relief as the new version threatens to oust the others, effectively making one narrative claim exclude others. Further, as is the nature of all representations, the replica will halt and contain the unboundedness and perishability of the mausoleum which, for many local narratives, is an essential part of Aisha Bibi.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.3167/092012904782311263

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
2004Published

Item ID:

699

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:41

Last Modified:

22 Apr 2016 16:56

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/699

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