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dc.contributor.authorComer, Margaret Anderson
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-15T08:52:41Z
dc.date.available2019-07-15T08:52:41Z
dc.date.issued2019-10-26
dc.date.submitted2019-02-26
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/294607
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation focuses on portrayals of victims and perpetrators at sites related to Soviet repression in contemporary Moscow and Yekaterinburg, Russia. Its aim is to explore the different ways in which site stakeholders choose to interpret victims and perpetrators: specifically, how they handle the issue of intertwined grieving and blaming when the categories of ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrator’ are not always clear. It also aims to understand the broader political and sociocultural attitudes underlying why different groups choose various forms of ‘grievability’ and ‘blameability’. Millions of Soviet citizens were victimized in successive waves of Soviet repression, yet there has been little critical study of the tangible and intangible heritage of these acts of violence as they are inscribed (or not) on today’s Russian cityscapes. The idea of ‘grievability’ was developed by Judith Butler; I have developed a typology of grievability that can be used to compare who is being grieved at each site and why each site’s caretakers and stakeholders make these choices. The dissertation then goes beyond grievability to introduce the concept of ‘blameability’, which I propose in order to analyze how blame is assigned at each site. I have developed a typology of blameability that can be used to categorize whom each site blames for the violence that affected the victims memorialized there. For each individual or group identified at a site, their respective degrees of grievability and blameability can be plotted on a chart, allowing for a more thorough and holistic view of how each site’s stakeholders view and portray the issue of intertwined victimhood and perpetration. Finally, the case study data are brought together in order to draw conclusions about overarching attitudes towards the tangible and intangible legacies of Soviet repression in Russia. Linked theorizations of ‘accountability’ and ‘repentability’ are also introduced and their ramifications addressed.
dc.description.sponsorshipMy PhD was funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust, while I also received financial support from the Jesus College Doctoral Support Fund, the Dorothy Garrod Memorial Trust, Banco Santander, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
dc.language.isoen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subjectheritage
dc.subjectdark heritage
dc.subjectRussia
dc.subjectpost-Soviet
dc.subjectrepression
dc.subjectSoviet repression
dc.subjectgulag
dc.subjectGreat Terror
dc.subjectStalin
dc.subjectpost-Stalin
dc.subjectmemory
dc.subjectcommemoration
dc.subjectmemorialization
dc.subjectmemorial
dc.subjectmuseum
dc.subjectpolitics
dc.subjectheritagization
dc.subjectMoscow
dc.subjectYekaterinburg
dc.subjectgrievability
dc.subjectblameability
dc.subjectrepentability
dc.subjectaccountability
dc.titleThe Heritage of Repression: Memory, Commemoration, and Politics in Post-Soviet Russia
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentArchaeology
dc.date.updated2019-07-14T20:25:51Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.41715
dc.contributor.orcidComer, Margaret Anderson [0000-0002-7843-9465]
dc.publisher.collegeJesus College
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in Archaeology
cam.supervisorCarr, Gilly
cam.thesis.fundingfalse
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2020-07-15


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