The Turks of Borçali in Georgia: ethnic identity in borderland

Ethem, Said
This study examines the history and ethnic identity of Turks living in Borçalı (Kvemo-Kartli) region of Georgia. It focuses on the mechanisms that led to the formation and strengthening of their ethnic identity and the impact of the shifts in political borders on ethnic identification. Characteristics of the region and the people are provided and socio-political developments are analyzed with an historical perspective. Different dimensions of the concepts of ethnicity and ethnic identity are discussed with an interdisciplinary approach.


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Citation Formats
S. Ethem, “The Turks of Borçali in Georgia: ethnic identity in borderland,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.