'City of the Future'

Built Space, Modernity and Urban Change in Astana
by Mateusz Laszczkowski
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Publisher: Berghahn Books

Series: Integration and Conflict Studies

Publication Date: August 26, 2016

ISBN: 9781785332579

Binding: Kobo eBook

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Astana, the capital city of the post-Soviet Kazakhstan, has often been admired for the design and planning of its futuristic cityscape. This anthropological study of the development of the city focuses on every-day practices, official ideologies and representations alongside the memories and dreams of the city’s longstanding residents and recent migrants. Critically examining a range of approaches to place and space in anthropology, geography and other disciplines, the book argues for an understanding of space as inextricably material-and-imaginary, and unceasingly dynamic – allowing for a plurality of incompatible pasts and futures materialized in spatial form.