There are two arguments running through this essay: Analytically the goal is to look into the experience of Cypriot modernity in order to explore what kinds of
compromises/accommodations/forms of “power sharing”, have been developed in order to address conflicts involving issues of identity. Methodologically there is an
effort to develop a social-historical interpretative framework in which identity is seen as a form of subjectivity constructed and contested on the terrain of social and
political conflicts. The empirical focus will be on periods of social upheaval during the past two centuries in relation to cultural (production of subjectivity/identity) and
political (power sharing) forms. It is suggested that we can discern three basic models of compromise which manifested themselves as de facto sociological
realities rather than as legal texts.
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