Georgia in-between: religion in public schools

Gurchiani, Ketevan (2017) Georgia in-between: religion in public schools. Nationalities Papers. ISSN 0090-5992

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Based on ethnographic fieldwork in a Georgian village and supplemented by a range of interviews and observations from different parts of Georgia, this paper explores the creative presence of religion in public schools. In 2005 and in line with the strong secularization and modernization discourse, the Georgian parliament passed a new law on education, restricting the teaching of religion in public schools and separating religious organizations and public schools; nevertheless, mainstream Orthodox Christianity is widely practiced in schools. The paper aims to show how Georgians use religious spaces in secular institutions to practice their identity, to perform being “true Georgians.” At the same time, they are adopting a strong secularization and modernization discourse. By doing so they create a new space, a third space, marked by in-betweenness. The study uses the theoretical lens of Thirdspace for analyzing the hybridity, the in-betweenness of practices and attitudes inherent for politics, religion, and everyday life of Georgians.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: religion, Thirdspace, hybridity, Georgia, Caucasus
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
I Humanities
Divisions: Institutes > Savle Tsereteli Institute of Philosophy
Depositing User: ქეთევან გურჩიანი
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 12:23
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 12:23

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