• David CairnsEmail author
  • Marine Sargsyan


While only a few months may have passed between finishing our fieldwork and the writing of this book, the Velvet Revolution continues to resonate throughout Armenian society. It would be fair to say that at the start of 2019, much of the excitement and enthusiasm has dissipated and a degree of scepticism has emerged, particularly in regard to the new government and the lack of reform in relation to the economy and society. As such, we have added a postscript to provide an indication of this feeling, in addition to a recapitulation of some of the key themes emerging from the book that relate to mobility decision-making and more general processes of life planning.


Armenia Velvet Revolution Political change Mobility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research and Studies in SociologyISCTE-University Institute of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Roma Tre UniversityRomeItaly

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