With rapid economic growth followed by sudden decline, Mongolia, like elsewhere, is facing increasing public and private debt, conflicts around sovereignty and land, multiple forms of political protest, and a turn toward a more conservative
politics that protects its own but ignores the masses. For many, this moment allows for wider reflection on the pace of change and its future direction. Life in the Gap seizes this moment of reflection. Focusing on five
different women it explores how they carve out a life for themselves and their families in this shifting landscape, reflecting on past hopes and aspirations, and the realities that they have created.
In attending to these examples, I undertake a critical examination of what happens when people are promised a particular future, yet, in spite of that promise, this future fails to materialise economically, politically and socially.
Rather than finding dissolution and disappointment, in exploring the ‘the gap’ between the vision and the reality, we can discern innovative modifications and adaptations, leading to entirely different outcomes.
Here, a new kind of capitalist reality is revealed and one that is radically different from that promised by the promotion and pursuit of democracy. What ‘the gap’ between the vision and the reality has produced is shown to
be radically different in each case, as people modify environments according to their own needs and requirements, forging lives in spite of, or maybe because of, various kinds of contradictions.