Separated Memory: The Influence of Spatial Discourses on the Nation-Building Process of the Republic of Abkhazia.
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This thesis seeks to deconstruct the discourse of national building in the contemporary de facto Republic of Abkhazia through spatial discursive analysis. It contributes to a stronger academic engagement with the spatial dimension of conflict and discursive analysis. In order to do so, this thesis has analyzed three forms of spatial discourses, respectively: destruction, separation and remembrance. By looking at these forms of spatial discourse concerning the Georgian-Abkhaz war of 1992-93 this thesis has established that spatial discourses are of significant importance during the nation building process. This thesis argues that a few of the contributions to the nation building process in Abkhazia through spatial discourses are: physical evidence of the nation, creation of cohesion among its population, establishment of cultural hegemony, an instrument in order to cleanse the cultural landscape from unwanted cultural signs.