A Global Perspective

  • Florian Mühlfried

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 99-111

About this book


This book examines the social practice of mistrust through the lens of social anthropology. In focusing on the citizens of the Caucasus, a region located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Mühlfried counters the postcolonial discourse that routinely treats these individuals, known for their mistrust of the state, as “others.” Combining ethnographic observations presenting mistrust as an observable reality with socio-political issues from a non-Western region, Mühlfried opens up a non-Eurocentric perspective on an underexplored social practice and a major counterpoint to the well-examined social phenomenon of “trust.” This perspective allows for a more profound understanding of pressing issues such as populist movements and post-truth politics.


populism post-colonial crises of confidence post-truth Luhmann Caucuses Tushetian Georgia USSR

Authors and affiliations

  • Florian Mühlfried
    • 1
  1. 1.Social Anthropology ProgrammeIlia State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11469-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11470-1
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