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Enemies of the people: Theorizing dispossession and mirroring conspiracy in the Republic of Georgia
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2016 (English)In: Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology, ISSN 0920-1297, E-ISSN 1558-5263, no 74, p. 42-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article connects a specific generational experience of having been dispossessed of former social status and political influence to suspicious theories of conspiracies and hidden connections. Th rough ethnographic cases from Georgia I argue that while acting as an explanatory framework for the personal experience of being economically and politically dispossessed, conspiracy theorizing may also work as an everyday means of reappropriating a morally meaningful social identity through the mirroring of a general form of political rhetoric and power. The theories analyzed in the article draw on socially and culturally recognizable registers and tap into a general atmosphere of suspicion and opacity in which mistrust of official accounts and rhetoric is reasonable and appealing. They thus work as a means of repacking generational and economical marginality into a broader framework that is of concern to the wider community and may be seen to represent an effort of reclaiming a moral high ground and being reinscribed into wider social and national domains.

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Universiteit Nijmegen , 2016. no 74, p. 42-53
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conspiracy theory, dispossession, morality, power, Republic of Georgia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1666DOI: 10.3167/fcl.2016.740104ISI: 000378676900004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84970956215Local ID: 27198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-1666DiVA, id: diva2:1398397
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