The Bivocal Nation

Memory and Identity on the Edge of Empire

Authors: Batiashvili, Nutsa

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  • Offers a distinct approach to understanding how geopolitical issues, like Russian-Georgian relations, are made sense of through culturally embedded practices
  • Fills a gap in the existing literature by exploring the cultural undercurrents of political processes from the anthropological perspective
  • Offers contributions not only to the field political ethnography, but also to the theory of the nation-state in post-imperial contexts as well as to the nexus of memory and politics
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About this book

This book is about a divided nation and polarized nationhood. Its principal purpose is to examine division and polarization as forms of imagining that are configured within culture and framed by history. This is what bivocality signifies—two distinct discursive voices through which nationhood is articulated; voices that are nonetheless grounded in a culturally common symbolic field. The volume offers an ethnographically centered analysis of the ways in which Georgians make use of these voices in critical discourses of nationhood. By illuminating the cultural semantics behind these discourses, Nutsa Batiashvili offers a new constellation of conceptual terms for understanding modern forms of nationalism and nation-building in the marginal or liminal landscapes between the Orient and the Occident.

About the authors

Nutsa Batiashvili is Assistant Professor at the Free University of Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • We, Us, Ourselves and Our Others

    Pages 5-26

    Batiashvili, Nutsa

  • We Were Always United, Except When We Were Not: Collective Frameworks of Georgian Memory

    Pages 27-52

    Batiashvili, Nutsa

  • Things Coded in Our Genetic Memory

    Pages 57-82

    Batiashvili, Nutsa

  • Horizons, Margins, and Centers of Nation-Making in Nineteenth-Century Georgia

    Pages 83-106

    Batiashvili, Nutsa

  • “It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards”

    Pages 111-135

    Batiashvili, Nutsa

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Hardcover 88,39 €
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Softcover 23,91 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Bivocal Nation
Book Subtitle
Memory and Identity on the Edge of Empire
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62286-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62286-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62285-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87280-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 195
Number of Illustrations
12 illustrations in colour
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