An Island Divided: Politicised Landscapes, Modern Borders, and Shifting Identities
Author: Seretis, Kylie
Source: Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Volume 1, Number 1, 2005 , pp. 215-233(19)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This paper looks critically at the division of Cyprus into North and South (the politically unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus respectively) and will consider how this physical division emphasised and further developed a divided identity based on 'ethnic' differences (and the development of the 'other') between the two major populations—Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The Green Line is just one of several recent manifestations in the landscape of social contestations between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. This paper outlines how the Green Line has structured the lives of people in relation to the ways that they conceptualise their environment, the past and, importantly, the 'other' side. Further, it addresses how this division, this physical line across the landscape, impacts upon the social landscape as it defines and reinforces identity through the processes of memory and forgetting.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-11-01