In order to analyse configurations of power that transcend the territorial trap, the Caucasus is an excellent case in point. Its past and present exhibit an extraordinary richness in power practices of diverse forms that intersect on various scales. This comprehensive volume offers an innovative procedural perspective on the actual workings of power not necessarily tied to the nation-state. Its focus goes well beyond national scales to tackle the manifold impacts of transboundary flows.
The authors, from a wide range of academic disciplines, provide original empirical data from this intriguing but largely untapped region, with respect to the critical study of statehood. They also shed light on the diversity of political space and the ongoing process of spatial re-alignment. The chapters in this collection focus on: land governance practice in the North Caucasus; practices of local administration in Georgia; Shia influence from Iran in Azerbaijan; and trajectories of Ottoman influence in Adjara and Abkhazia respectively. They cover the South as well as North Caucasus, examining configurations of power that entangle smaller and larger scales, and providing perspectives on transboundary flows between the area and both Turkey and Iran.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Eurasian Geography and Economics.
Franziska Smolnik is a political sociologist currently working as a senior researcher at Eastern Europe and Eurasia Division of the German Institute of International and Security Affairs in Berlin, Germany.
Andrea Weiss is a social anthropologist and freelance researcher who specialises in the Caucasus and its neighbourhood.
1. Transboundary processes and (re-)configurations of political space in the Caucasus
Franziska Smolnik and Andrea Weiss
2. Local government reforms in Georgia and their impact on state-society relations
3. Governing the local in the North Caucasus
Jan Koehler, Alexey Gunya and Timur Tenov
4. Shia groups and Iranian religious influence in Azerbaijan: the impact of trans-boundary religious ties on national religious policy
5. Political space and borderland practices in Abkhazia and Adjara: exploring the role of Ottoman legacies and contemporary Turkish influences
Franziska Smolnik, Andrea Weiss and Yana Zabanova
6. Internationalization of science and regional political studies (the case of the Caucasus)