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Defending the border : identity, religion, and modernity in the Republic of Georgia

Author: Mathijs Pelkmans
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006.
Series: Culture and society after socialism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book, one of the first in English about everyday life in the Republic of Georgia, describes how people construct identity in a rapidly changing border region. Based on extensive ethnographic research, it illuminates the myriad ways residents of the Caucasus have rethought who they are since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Through an exploration of three towns in the southwest corner of Georgia, all of which  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pelkmans, Mathijs, 1973-
Defending the border.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)681560574
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mathijs Pelkmans
ISBN: 0801444403 9780801444401 0801473306 9780801473302
OCLC Number: 64453443
Awards: Winner of Cowinner of the 2007 William A. Douglass Book Priz.
Description: xvi, 240 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: A note on transliteration and translation --
Terms and abbreviations --
Introduction: temporal divides and muddled space along the former Iron Curtain --
pt. I. A divided village on the Georgian-Turkish border --
Introduction: divided village --
Caught between states --
Mobilizing cultural stuff with boundaries --
Lost relatives --
pt. II. Frontiers of Islam and Christianity in Upper Ajaria --
Introduction: Christian incursions --
The making and transformation of the frontier --
Defending Muslim identities --
Ancestors and enemies in conversion to Christianity --
pt. III. Postsocialist borderlands --
Introduction: treacherous markets --
Channeling discontent --
The social life of empty buildings --
Conclusion: borders in time and space.
Series Title: Culture and society after socialism.
Responsibility: Mathijs Pelkmans.
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