National narration and Politics of Memory in post-socialist Georgia

  • Salome Dundua Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
  • Tamar Karaia Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
  • Zviad Abashidze Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Keywords: Memory, Politics, Democracy, Nation Building, Post-communism

Abstract

The article is dedicated to analyse the politics of so called “historical memory” during the state-building and nation-building process in post-socialist Georgia After the Rose Revolution 2003, the new government that aimed at building the ”new Georgia,” implementing radical changes in many key spheres, including institutions, readdressing the totalitarian past, faced number of problematic manifestations in political and cultural life in this post-Soviet country. The “politics of memory” became one of the key factors of reconstructing of “new, democratic, western Georgia”. This process can be evaluated as leading toward state nationalism. Analyzing the politics of memory, symbolism is the most notable attitude and that is why former President Mikheil Saakashvili used commemorative ceremonies continuously. The authors argue in favour of approach, that the so called “memory politics” is the integral part of one’s legitimacy building, but at the same time, it can be used as tool for reconsidering of Polity’s future and mobilization of population under the “citizenship” umbrella towards the strong loyalty to the actual and future state-building.

Published
2017-12-20
How to Cite
Dundua, S., Karaia, T. and Abashidze, Z. (2017) “National narration and Politics of Memory in post-socialist Georgia”, Slovak Journal of Political Sciences, 17(2). Available at: https://sjps.fsvucm.sk/index.php/sjps/article/view/15 (Accessed: 12August2022).