"Passport Politics": Passportization and Territoriality in the De Facto States of Georgia

Show full item record

Title: "Passport Politics": Passportization and Territoriality in the De Facto States of Georgia
Author: Artman, Vincent M., 1981-
Abstract: In 2002, the Russian government began distributing tens of thousands of Russian passports in the de facto states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Some scholarly attention has been devoted to this process, known as passportization, but most of the literature treats passportization as a primarily political process, ignoring its geographic aspects. This thesis shows that passportization in Abkhazia and South Ossetia amounted to a process of "biocolonization," wherein the populations of the de facto states were discursively captured by Russia through individual naturalization. Consequently, passportization served to create "Russian spaces" within the internationally recognized borders of Georgia and, in the process challenged international legal norms rooted in the logic of the modern state system.
Description: ix, 161 p. : maps
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/11506
Date: 2011-06


Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Artman_Vincent_M_ma2011sp.pdf 1.364Mb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record