The Normalisation of Cyprus’ Partition Among Greek Cypriots

Political Economy and Political Culture in a Divided Society

Authors: Ioannou, Gregoris

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  • Offers a historicized argument about the process of subjectivity through which the partition has become normalized in the Greek Cypriot community
  • Approaches the partition of Cyprus from within the discipline of political sociology as opposed to anthropology, international relations, political science
  • Sheds light on the internal dynamics of the on-going division of Cyprus impacting on the EU relations with Turkey and the Greek-Turkish relations
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This book explores the basic dynamics that shaped the Cyprus problem, with a focus on recent decades. The author deals with the periods, nodal points and fields that produced the conditions for the normalisation of partition and also presents the Cyprus problem as viewed from the outside. The chapters approach Cyprus’ division in light of power relations in society, the interaction between the political elite and society, and discuss the political and ideological dynamics as manifested in the public sphere. While analysing primarily the Greek Cypriot community, the book also refers to parallel developments in the Turkish Cypriot and international communities, arguing that the normalisation of Cyprus’ partition is rooted in the political economy and political culture of Greek Cypriots. At the same time, from the perspective of the peace and reunification movement, this is an inherently contradictory and potentially unstable process that can be overturned.

‘Α remarkably thorough study focusing on nationalist narratives, political and media discourses and socio-economic structures in Cyprus and their impact on the formation and transformation of political identities since the 1950s. Unlike many other books on the issue, Ioannou analyses social and political developments in both the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot communities. This approach sheds light on the internal reasons of the perpetuation of the island’s division, which the geopolitical and international relations approaches alone miss to grasp. Combining the analytical skills of a political scientist and his personal experience as an engaged citizen in favour of unification, Ioannou offers significant insight on a complex and traumatic conflict that remains one of Europe’s black spots.’

Athena Skoulariki, Assistant Professor in Sociology of Communication, Discourse Analysis and Social Representations, University of Crete, Greece

‘The basic argument of the book is that the consolidation of partition was neither automatic nor happened behind the backs of Greek Cypriots. The very interesting and demythologising work of Gregoris Ioannou brings to light a hidden, but common secret of the Greek Cypriots.’

Alexis Heraklides, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Panteion University, Greece

‘Ioannou projects a multi-focal spotlight on the Cyprus problem, so as, at least for the careful reader, this becomes not only an interesting topic in itself, but, also a cognitive springboard from which to understand broader pathogenies of our common social and political life.’

Seraphim Seferiades, Associate Professor in Political Science, Panteion University, Greece


About the authors

Gregoris Ioannou is a research fellow at the University of Glasgow, UK. He previously taught at the University of Cyprus and Frederick University. His research focuses on class conflicts and social movements, contentious politics and the South European crisis, and his work has been published widely, including articles in journals such as Mobilization: An International QuarterlyCapital and Class, and Mediterranean Politics.


Reviews

'This book is simultaneously a socio-political analysis of the new generation of the Cyprus problem and an activist / personal account. It constitutes an important contribution, a clear, understandable and comprehensive study that correlates the terms of international relations with the sociology of class and party dynamics.'
–Olga Demetriou, Associate Professor in Post-Conflict Reconstruction and State Building, Durham University, UK

'From a social movement perspective that is skilfully combined with reflexivity, this book aptly posits the socio-political and class dimensions of this shift, dissolving the worn-out notions about the 'romanticism' of the national narrative. Despite the pessimism of the current situation, the author insists that the Cyprus problem remains foremost an issue of social and political struggle.'

–Nicos Trimikliniotis, Professor of Sociology, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

'With a bold and innovative analysis, Gregoris Ioannou dissects some of the most difficult aspects of the political culture of the Greek Cypriot community, and the Cyprus problem itself, in contemporary times.'

–Theodoros Rakopoulos, Associate Professor in Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway

‘Α remarkably thorough study focusing on nationalist narratives, political and media discourses and socio-economic structures in Cyprus and their impact on the formation and transformation of political identities since the 1950s. Unlike many other books on the issue, Ioannou analyses social and political developments in both the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot communities. This approach sheds light on the internal reasons of the perpetuation of the island’s division, which the geopolitical and international relations approaches alone miss to grasp. Combining the analytical skills of a political scientist and his personal experience as an engaged citizen in favour of unification, Ioannou offers significant insight on a complex and traumatic conflict that remains one of Europe’s black spots.’

Athena Skoulariki, Assistant Professor in Sociology of Communication, Discourse Analysis and Social Representations, University of Crete, Greece

‘The basic argument of the book is that the consolidation of partition was neither automatic nor happened behind the backs of Greek Cypriots. The very interesting and demythologising work of Gregoris Ioannou brings to light a hidden, but common secret of the Greek Cypriots.’

Alexis Heraklides, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Panteion University, Greece

‘Ioannou projects a multi-focal spotlight on the Cyprus problem, so as, at least for the careful reader, this becomes not only an interesting topic in itself, but, also a cognitive springboard from which to understand broader pathogenies of our common social and political life.’

Seraphim Seferiades, Associate Professor in Political Science, Panteion University, Greece

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Normalisation of Cyprus’ Partition Among Greek Cypriots
Book Subtitle
Political Economy and Political Culture in a Divided Society
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50816-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50816-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50815-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 220
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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