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Silvia Pasquetti and Romola Sanyal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526123466

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526123473

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Privatized housing and never-ending displacement: the temporality of dwelling for displaced Georgians

Privatized housing and never-ending displacement: the temporality of dwelling for displaced Georgians

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(p.116) 6 Privatized housing and never-ending displacement: the temporality of dwelling for displaced Georgians
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Displacement
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Cathrine Brun

Ragne Øwre Thorshaug

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526123473.00015

This chapter explores displacement through a critical analysis of materiality and homemaking practices among internally displaced persons from Abkhazia to Georgia. Collective shelters were used by the state until 2009 to house IDPs, and were then privatized, while the status of the residents themselves remained as IDPs. The authors “analyze the experience of what happens when the status of the material shelter that forced migrants occupy change from temporary to permanent living spaces through privatization, but people’s displacement status does not change accordingly.” Despite the status change of the buildings from IDP shelters into private buildings, they continue to be seen as the IDP buildings. Their categorization as such impacts the ways in which the residents are imagined by those on the outside. The authors discuss the clashing temporalities of past lives of these structures and their current incarnations. Through a careful analysis of privatization and homemaking practices, and by bringing in this critical dimension of time, the authors offer a critical analysis of the materiality of displacement and the ways in which it affects social lives and the experiences of displacement.

Keywords:   Georgia, Abkhazia, IDPs, homemaking, IDP shelter, private buildings

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