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Invisible Connections: On Uncertainty and the (Re)production of Opaque Politics in the Republic of Georgia
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Language and Linguistics (SPS).
2015 (English)In: Ethnographies of grey zones in Eastern Europe: Borders, relations, and invisibilities in Eastern Europe / [ed] Ida Knudsen Harboe, Martin Fredriksen Demant, Anthem Press, 2015, p. 125-139Chapter in book (Other academic)
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The chapter explores the formative relationship between perceptions of macro-politics and everyday micro-politics in the Republic of Georgia. “Politics” in the Georgian context, I suggest, may be understood as a grey zone that is simultaneously, in emic terms, considered highly uncertain, immoral, and external to ordinary life and yet, analytically speaking, formative of everyday concerns and micro-political interactions. I discuss different aspects of perceptions of politics as opaque and inaccessible and the consequences this bear for people’s engagement and disengagement with their socio-political surroundings. I argue that due to a profound lack of trust in public institutions and political personae everyday social and economic security is pursued ‘invisibly’ through personal networks, connections and informal transactions. ‘Invisibly’, in the sense that these connections are often known only to the people involved – at least as characterized by the perceived outsider. Finally, I propose that everyday responses to political opacity and uncertainty, in the end, contribute to their reproduction in perception and experience. That is, the idea of public macro-politics as being opaque and uncertain, and the ways in which citizens appropriate and act towards this idea, in the end, produces and reproduces political practice as such. Micro-politics – maintaining and relying on informal networks and connections – is simultaneously a response to an uncertain macro-political reality and the continuing production and confirmation of this reality across socio-political scale.

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Anthem Press, 2015. p. 125-139
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Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-9407Local ID: 20082ISBN: 9781783084128 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-9407DiVA, id: diva2:1406439
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved

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