The ‘Place’ of ‘Memory’ in Understanding Urban Change in Central Asia: The Cities of Bishkek and Ferghana
This article explores the relationship between ‘memory’ and ‘place’ in understandings of urban change in Central Asia. Drawing on narratives of long-term residents of two Central Asian cities we investigate the ways in which positive memories of the Soviet past emerge when people speak about the urban environment of today. We explore why such fondness for the Soviet past has emerged; what elements of the past are most cherished, and which urban communities remember these elements. We ask what these forms of memory reveal about what has been lost and what this tells us about the present anxieties of urban residents.