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Cypriot In-Dependence And The Problem Of Sovereignty, Costas M. Constantinou Dec 2009

Cypriot In-Dependence And The Problem Of Sovereignty, Costas M. Constantinou

Costas M. Constantinou

States have strange beginnings; more so postcolonial ones.
They can begin as settlements of incarceration for criminal Europeans (Australia). Or as
projects of restorative justice making up for racist criminality and mass extermination (Israel). Or
as sites of repatriation for emancipated Africans after centuries of slavery, rehabilitating through
intra-colonialism (Liberia). States can come into being within imperial spaces of control, within
territories and borders imagined by others (the case with most African states). States can succeed
colonial rule over disparate lands and islands, tasked to govern a diverse pool of ethno-cultural
communities (e.g. Indonesia, Philippines, Burma and Papua New ...


Aporias Of Identity: Bicommunalism, Hybridity And The 'Cyprus Problem', Costas M. Constantinou Dec 2006

Aporias Of Identity: Bicommunalism, Hybridity And The 'Cyprus Problem', Costas M. Constantinou

Costas M. Constantinou

This article examines the predicaments and paradoxes of identity politics
in Cyprus. It looks at the historical alliance of colonial practices and
nationalist rationales that brought about a static bicommunal system,
establishing the basis for inter-ethnic conflict, or what became known as
the ‘Cyprus problem’. The advent of modern governmentality, dividing
and classifying the Cypriot population, helped, in addition, to solidify
fluid and ambiguous ethno-religious boundaries, making it more difficult
for individuals to use ethno-religious identities flexibly and pragmatically,
including their use as a tactic to resist the policies of consecutive
regimes of power.The article suggests that the ‘Cyprus ...