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Riskscapes: Strategies and Practices along the Georgian-Abkhazian Boundary Line
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (RCR)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7512-9066
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While most research on borders and security issues is centred on preventing unwanted risk objects to enter the territory, this study departs from the opposite angle, and focuses on young migrants navigating the consequences of war and ethnic conflict.

Around 50 000 ethnic Georgians have returned to southern Abkhazia after the 1992-93 conflict that caused the forced displacement of more than half of the population of the former autonomous Abkhazian republic. The Russian-Abkhazian border control along the administrative boundary line between Abkhazia and Georgia poses an obstacle to young people from returnee families who are studying in Georgia proper. This study, that builds on ethnographic fieldwork and five in-depth qualitative interviews with young people aged 18-25, aims to examine the strategies and practices employ to cross the border. To reach their homes in Abkhazia they need to navigate through riskscapes - landscapes or physical settings embedded with multiple layers of risk. Depending on their social positions (gender, ethnicity, citizenship, age) different riskscapes are unfolded. To handle riskscapes these young people change adopt preventive measures; they change routes and behavior. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kaunas, Lithuania, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Georgia, Abkhazia, border, risk, riskscape, youth
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-29064DiVA: diva2:1033508
Conference
ASN European Conference: Europe, Nations and Insecurity: Challenges to Identities, Kaunas, Lithuania, 30 June – 2 July, 2016
Available from: 2016-10-07 Created: 2016-10-07 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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