Nationalism After the Opening of the Border

  • Stratis Andreas Efthymiou


This chapter shows the impact of both the opening of the borders and the accession of Cyprus to the EU on the Greek Cypriot (GC) idea of national struggle. The ideas of fighting for liberation from ‘occupation’ and the ‘fighting spirit’ are investigated in the changing struggle. The gender significance of the ‘victimized mother’ in the contemporary conflict is exemplified. After the opening of the borders, the ‘mothers of the missing persons’ continue to symbolize post-1974 Cyprus as a feminized victim of ‘occupation’. The failed opportunity to bring the two communities together through the open border and the broad GC resistance to crossing the border are conditioned by the ‘victimized’ discourse of ‘occupation’.


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  • Stratis Andreas Efthymiou
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  1. 1.University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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