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The building and rebuilding of walls: Aspirations, commitments and tensions within an Andean community and the archaeological monument they inhabit

Sillar, B; (2013) The building and rebuilding of walls: Aspirations, commitments and tensions within an Andean community and the archaeological monument they inhabit. Journal of Material Culture , 18 (1) 27 - 51. 10.1177/1359183512473558. Green open access

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Abstract

Walls are at the foundation of 'civil society': physical and symbolic barriers that differentiate people and activities. Cooperation in construction work expresses people's aspirations and can be a focus for the development of group solidarity. However, walls change the control and use of space, causing tensions and social divisions. In Raqchi, a small Peruvian village whose houses and fields are located within the ruins of a major archaeological complex, walls are a major concern. The work involved in house building, community projects, a monumental Inka temple and recent heritage reconstruction shows how the choice of materials and techniques is influenced by social relations and labour exchange. Tensions are expressed over land ownership and community priorities as well as with heritage management. The community's identity and status are also strongly influenced by building work that is dependent on the Catholic Church, NGOs, the municipality and the nation state.Walls can be read as a document of this contested history. © The Author(s) 2013.

Type: Article
Title: The building and rebuilding of walls: Aspirations, commitments and tensions within an Andean community and the archaeological monument they inhabit
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1359183512473558
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359183512473558
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2013. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page(http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: agency and structure construction; heritage; houses; Inka; labour; materials;
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1311915
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