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Repossession: Notes on Restoration and Redemption in Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands

Follis, Karolina (2008) Repossession: Notes on Restoration and Redemption in Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands. Cultural Anthropology, 23 (2). pp. 329-360. ISSN 1548-1360

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Abstract

This essay is an ethnographic account of the use of post-Soviet military ruins in western Ukraine. I describe an encounter with the founder of a commune for persons released from prison, victims of human trafficking, and asylum seekers established in a former nuclear base in Ukraine's western borderland. The commune is an unusual restoration project that is carried out in the interstices of the postsocialist state and of the changing European border regime. As such, it is a compelling site for rethinking dispossession and the possibility of redemption some 15 years after the USSR ceased to exist. The protagonist of this account redeems ruins left behind by the collapse of an empire he was glad to see go, and reproduces precisely that which has been lost in the process of the unmaking of Soviet life, that is the all-embracing domain of collective work and life.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cultural Anthropology
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 59644
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2012 11:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:17
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59644

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