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A Troubled Claim to Citizenship? A Case Study of Estonians in the Abkhaz Region

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dc.title A Troubled Claim to Citizenship? A Case Study of Estonians in the Abkhaz Region en
ethesis.faculty Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta fi
ethesis.faculty Faculty of Social Sciences en
ethesis.faculty Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten sv
ethesis.faculty.URI Helsingin yliopisto fi University of Helsinki en Helsingfors universitet sv
dct.creator Treumuth, Getter Kristen
dct.issued 2022 und
dct.abstract This thesis focuses on the case study of the Estonian diaspora in Abkhazia, the breakaway region of Georgia, and their claim to the Estonian citizenship by birth. This claim is based on the 1920 Tartu Peace Treaty Article IV, that allowed people living on both sides of the signing parties (the Russian Soviet Federative Republic, and the newly independent Estonian Republic) to obtain the citizenship of either countries. Focusing on the way the Estonian citizenship policy has impacted the process of obtaining citizenship by birth for the descendants of the optants, the study is based on the role of securitization in the matter. The thesis makes use of televised interviews and written news reports on the case study by Estonian news reporters. Moreover, the sources are analysed with qualitative methods, particularly political and critical discourse analysis, and discourse-historical analysis. The information is gathered by using qualitative methods. Furthermore, securitization theory, societal security and constructivism are used as the base the study. The key findings of the thesis are that distrust towards the optants and worries for security are presented in the media by state officials. However, opposing arguments in support of the Abkhaz Estonians often brush over the matters of security altogether, highlighting the ‘absurdity’ of the situation and the valid claim of citizenship by these individuals. These findings could prove beneficial for those aiming to understand the phenomena better and serve as basis of further research, especially in media analysis. en
dct.subject citizenship
dct.subject identity
dct.subject securitization
dct.subject loyalty
dct.subject collective memory
dct.subject inclusion
dct.subject exclusion
ethesis.language englanti fi
ethesis.language English en
ethesis.language engelska sv
ethesis.supervisor Pankakoski, Timo
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
ethesis.thesistype master's thesis en
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dct.identifier.ethesis E-thesisID:9754eaaa-2dad-40e5-9069-b3e4115a5dbe
ethesis-internal.timestamp.reviewStep 2022-09-27 13:42:54:155
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202210273750
ethesis.facultystudyline Social Sciences fi
ethesis.facultystudyline Social Sciences en
ethesis.facultystudyline Social Sciences sv
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Euroopan ja Pohjoismaiden tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma (European and Nordic Studies) fi
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Master's Programme in European and Nordic Studies en
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Magisterprogrammet i Europa- och Nordenstudier sv

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