Mistrust pp 73-85 | Cite as

Mistrusting the Obvious

  • Florian Mühlfried


This chapter consists of ethnographic vignettes of mistrust, with the material mainly stemming from Abkhazia, a breakaway self-declared republic in the Caucasus. The largely absent international recognition of Abkhazia makes mistrust almost endemic and a crucial part of daily life. Mistrust materialises in the assumption that something is hidden behind the surface, for example a secret agenda. This assumption paves the way for conspiracy theories, but also makes it possible to get along with distrusted others who cannot be avoided. Contrasting vignettes from Georgia show that mistrust towards facades may also entail the opposite assumption: that there is nothing behind the facades.


Abkhazia NGOs Facades 


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

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