At the center of the postsocialist mythological space of Old Tbilisi there are two 19th century figures, the kinto (Georgian k’int’o, the urban street peddler) and the qarachogheli (urban guild craftsman). Once upon a time there were part of a living cityscape; under postsocialism they exist only as isolated fragments of an exploded chronotope of Old Tbilisi.. The methodology authors use in this paper is a mixture of ethnographic, semiotic, historical and literary methodologies, as befits the interdisciplinarity of the authors and the historicity of the materials.
Manning, P. and Shatirishvili, Z. (2011). The Exoticism and Eroticism of the City: The ‘Kinto’ and his City. In Darieva, T., Katschuba, W., and Krebs, M. (Eds). Urban Spaces after Socialism: Ethnographies of Public Plces in Eurasian Cities. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, pp. 261-281.
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