Cultural Anthropology's contribution to studies of the Caucasus represent the emergent nature of understandings with regard to this region. Situated betwixt larger sovereign regions and entities—Russia in the North, Turkey in the South and West, and the greater Near East to the Southeast—the Caucasus has been the subject of imaginary tales, speculation, and shifting alliances. It is in fact a diverse area, split by various peoples, issues, and interests.
Here we list articles published by Cultural Anthropology in the past decade. Not surprisingly, they chronicle the ambivalent meanings within this region and its peoples. Paul Manning discusses political instability in post-Soviet Georgia and the way that cartooning was involved in the 2005 political changeover. Bruce Grant addresses the ways that prisoner themes "capture" the Russian imagination and thus naturalize violence in the Caucasus. Alaina Lemon's article links the practices and meanings attached to hard cash in post-Soviet Russia to Caucasians as well as the Roma and thus underlines the Blackness of cash, its unpredictability and association with activities that are illicit and possibly morally in question.
Potato Ontology: Surviving Postsocialism in Russia
Cultural Anthropology May 2009, Vol. 24, No. 2: 181-212.
Repossession: Notes on Restoration and Redemption in Ukraine's Western Borderland
Cultural Anthropology May 2008, Vol. 23, No. 2: 329-360.
Rose-Colored Glasses? Color Revolutions and Cartoon Chaos in Postsocialist Georgia
Cultural Anthropology May 2007, Vol. 22, No. 2: 171-213.
The Good Russian Prisoner: Naturalizing Violence in the Caucasus Mountains
Cultural Anthropology Feb 2005, Vol. 20, No. 1: 39-67.
"Your Eyes Are Green like Dollars": Counterfeit Cash, National Substance, and Currency Apartheid in 1990s Russia
Cultural Anthropology Feb 1998, Vol. 13, No. 1: 22-55.
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