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B/Orderization of the Boundary: Entangled Perspectives on the Split Villages of the Tskhinvali Region/South Osetia (2020-2021)


Publication: 10.58367/NECY.PM.H.2022.2
Field of study: Migration Studies

Since the Russo – Georgian war in August 2008, a once fictional administrative boundary of the currently occupied Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, is being transformed into a heavily militarized “state border”. While much of the perimeter stays uncertain and unmarked, locals are frequently detained by the Russian/South Ossetian militants, which creates constant psychological pressure and an insecure living environment. In some cases, „border” demarcations serve to create security through their supposed clarity. At the same time, they produce uncertainties for different actors and in different places. This paper shows how
locals experience the complex process of b/orderisation of the boundary around the occupied territory; how this creates ambiguities, precludes clarity, and thus generates further un/certainties that must be dealt with – analytically as much as

Keywords: borderization, Georgia, Tskhinvali Region, South Ossetia, creeping occupation

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