Displacing Blame: Georgian Internally Displaced Person Perspectives of the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict

Peter Kabachnik, Joanna Regulska, Beth Mitchneck

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This article analyzes the views of Georgians, focusing primarily on those displaced from Abkhazia, and examines who they blame for the Georgia-Abkhazia conflict and what they think about Abkhazians. How groups assign blame affects the potential for reconciliation. Very different justifications are offered by those affected by conflict. These discourses of legitimation help to explain the conflict, and provide a narrative for the hostilities/war. For Georgian internally displaced persons, the blame for the conflict falls on Russia. For Abkhazians, the blame is placed on Georgians. Although both discourses are different, they each displace blame from themselves and their own agency and actions that played a significant role in the conflict, as well as in some of the atrocities that have been documented to have taken place on both sides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations

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