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Mistrusting the System

  • Florian Mühlfried


This chapter describes practices resulting from mistrust based on the experiences of outsiders with the state. In the present case, these outsiders are Tushetians, a community from a Georgian highland region located at the state’s periphery. The Soviet and post-Soviet administration of Tusheti was marked by an erratic policy that could not be anticipated by the local population. Dealing with a power that was mistrusted but could not be ignored, some Tushetians tried to reduce their dependence on this power. In these attempts, four modes of mistrust become apparent: revolt, escape, exclusion and a radical presentism.


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  • Florian Mühlfried
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  1. 1.Social Anthropology ProgrammeIlia State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia

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