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Policing As Spectacle In Georgia: The Creation Of Boundaries In A Post-Revolutionary Country

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  • Lili Di Puppo

    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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The paper contributes new perspectives to the study of post-communist reforms by highlighting the limits of the transition paradigm in the analysis of reform processes in the post-Soviet space. It examines Georgia’s police reform and argues that the more repressive aspects of the reform should not be viewed as “setbacks” on a transition path, but as integral to the goal of constructing a new Georgian state through the creation of symbolic divides between two different “Georgias”. This symbolic work of emphasising contrasts between different domains by casting light on and obscuring social phenomena is analysed through the lens of the “spectacle of policing” (Comaroffs 2004; Wacquant 2009).

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  • Lili Di Puppo, 2019. "Policing As Spectacle In Georgia: The Creation Of Boundaries In A Post-Revolutionary Country," HSE Working papers WP BRP 85/SOC/2019, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:85/soc/2019
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    police reform; transition paradigm; spectacle of policing; creation of boundaries; Georgia; (in)visibility of corruption;
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