This chapter is about the romance of the mountains in Georgia, which, it could be argued, is a central Caucasian paradigm for the Georgian tradition of ethnography, since Khevsureti is the central focus of Georgian ethnograhy, the place in which exemplary Georgians are also exemplary Caucasian mountaineers. Secondly, this chapter is about another Caucasian paradigm, namely, the imagined and real relationship between the indigenou intelligentsia and ‘people’, as figured in the ‘Romance of the Khevsurs’. Lastly, this raises an consideration of how Georgian (and generally East European) ethnography differs from American and British anthropology in that it is not epistemically predicated on an assumption on essential alterity but on essential identity.
Manning, P. (2007). Love Khevsur Style: The Romance of the Mountains and Mountaineer Romance in Georgian Ethnography. Caucasus Paradigms: Anthropologies, Histories, and the Making of a World Area, edited by Bruce Grant & Lale Yalçın-Heckmann, pp. 23–46. Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia 13. Berlin: LIT Verlag
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