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Let There Be War: Competing Narratives and the Perpetuation of Violence in Georgia

by McBrayer, William Daniel

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis is concerned with the perpetuation of violence and ethnic cleansing in Georgia through competing narratives and mass displacement. Primarily through participant observation, open-ended, semi-structured interviews, a focus group, a media analysis, and a review of previously recorded testimonies of displaced persons, this work seeks to understand the process through which various sides in the conflict have defined narratives to legitimize their interests in the South Caucasus. This work attempts to redefine the August 2008 incidences within the broader context of occurrences which may have slipped underneath most headlines, including 300,000 displaced Georgians from the 1990s who have been prevented from returning home to the conflict zones.
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School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:georgia august 2008 war ethnic conflict narratives caucasus idps abkhazia south ossetia russia internal displacement state controlled media neoimperialism

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Date of Publication:04/27/2009

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