Caucasus Paradigms

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Bruce Grant, Lale Yalçin-Heckmann (eds.)

Anthropologies, Histories and the Making of a World Area

ISBN 978-3-8258-9906-6
Band-Nr. 13
Jahr 2007
Seiten 328
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia

Artikelnummer: 978-3-8258-9906-6 Kategorien: , ,


What does it mean to know a world area, or to be part of one, for that
matter? The most prominent of „Caucasus paradigms“ paint a picture of a
region famous not only for its cultural, linguistic, religious, political,
and economic pluralisms, but for its violence, savagery, conflict, and
corruption; its nobility, hospitality, natural beauty, and severity. Such
paradigms present a paradox: Despite such histories of diaspora,
migration, conquest, and cohabitation, the Caucasus is most often conjured
as a place of closure to those „from outside“.

This volume seeks to turn a longstanding handicap – the perceived
„unknowability“ of the Caucasus – into a theme. Bringing together a dozen
specialists in anthropology, linguistics, and cultural history, it
identifies patterns in how the Caucasus has figured on the world stage
through both politics and scholarship. By foregrounding the particular
purchases of ethnographic knowledge alongside the fine tunings of
cultural histories, it invites readers to reflect on pluralism and its
logics in a world area where cultural difference has far too long been
seen as a root cause of violence.


Levon Abrahamian, Sergei Arutiunov, Georgi Derluguian, Murtazali Gadjiev,
Rebecca Gould, Bruce Grant, Erin Koch, Philip L. Kohl, Rabadan G. Magomedov,
Paul Manning, Shahin Mustafayev, Anton Popov, Seteney Shami, Lale