The Peculiar Case of the Megrelians - Representation and Identity Negotiation in Post-Societ Georgia

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The Peculiar Case of the Megrelians - Representation and Identity Negotiation in Post-Societ Georgia

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dc.contributor.author Svitzer, Bobby
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-22T05:41:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-22T05:41:50Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 76 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14250
dc.description.abstract In the post-Soviet country of Georgia is a strong sense of nationalism prevalent in the current process of nation building. The Megrelians, traditionally understood as a sub-ethnic Georgian group, form a majority in western Georgia. Many Megrelians are however displaced due to a civil war in 1992 and live outside their traditional territories. Much research has been done covering the situation of the displaced Megrelians. This study however, examines processes of Megrelian identity negotiations in relation to Megrelian representations, thus contributing to a wider understanding of Megrelians’ self-understanding. A field study was undertaken for two months in Georgia in order to gather information for this topic. From an ethnographic research approach, methods of interviews and observations were used to gather data. The findings from the analysis are discussed in relation to theories of representation, nationalism and identity. The study suggests that Megrelian identity interrelates with representations of politics, regional and national associations, surnames, language and assumed characteristics. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle en_US
dc.subject Georgia, Megrelians, Identity Negotiation, Representations, Field Study, Nationalism, Ethnography, Interviews, Observations. en_US
dc.title The Peculiar Case of the Megrelians - Representation and Identity Negotiation in Post-Societ Georgia en_US
dc.type H2 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok SocialBehaviourLaw en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en
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