The Bivocal Nation

Memory and Identity on the Edge of Empire

  • Nutsa Batiashvili

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Voice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Nutsa Batiashvili
      Pages 5-26
  3. Dialogism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-55
    2. Nutsa Batiashvili
      Pages 57-82
  4. Memory Game

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-110
    2. Nutsa Batiashvili
      Pages 137-172
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 193-195

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."


ethnography Georgia Post-Soviet postcolonial Russian-Georgian relations Georgian identity post-socialist transition political fragmentation memory studies cultural anthropology

Authors and affiliations

  • Nutsa Batiashvili
    • 1
  1. 1.Free University of TbilisiTbilisiGeorgia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62285-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62286-6
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