Download e-book for kindle: Albania Today: A Portrait of Post-Communist Turbulence by Clarissa de Waal

By Clarissa de Waal

ISBN-10: 1850438595

ISBN-13: 9781850438595

This new publication examines Albania's transition from Communism through the studies of a various diversity of households, highland villagers, city elite, shanty dwellers--Clarissa de Wall has the lives of Albanians there due to the fact that 1992. As such, it is a history--of monetary, social and political change--told from the viewpoint of the contributors. We see how some distance the archaic global of regularly occurring legislation keeps to pervade highland existence, from dispute cost to prepared marriages. even as, the writer exhibits us individuals of the ex-communist elite in Tirana embracing rentier capitalism, whereas squatters on kingdom farmland dwell lower than consistent possibility of eviction. Albania, the writer indicates, is a rustic wracked by means of contradictions: in flight from its Communists previous and but nonetheless beholden to its rural traditions; willing to embody loose markets yet with no foregoing the safety of primary making plans. I.B.Tauris in organization with the Centre for Albanian reports

Show description

Read Online or Download Albania Today: A Portrait of Post-Communist Turbulence PDF

Best anthropology books

Download PDF by Don Handelman: Models and Mirrors: Towards an Anthropology of Public Events

Ritual is among the such a lot mentioned cultural practices, but its therapy in anthropological phrases has been heavily restricted, characterised by way of a number of slim conceptual differences. One significant cause of this case has been the superiority of positivist anthropologies that experience considered and summarized ritual events in the beginning by way of their declared and assumed features.

Download e-book for iPad: The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology by Jeffrey C. Alexander

Smooth women and men move approximately their lives with no fairly understanding why. Why can we paintings for this type of very long time on a daily basis? Why are we so captivated with know-how? Why will we always build scandals? Why can we end one warfare merely to struggle one other? If we needed to clarify these items, we might say "it simply is smart" or "it's priceless" or "it's what reliable (or undesirable) humans do".

Braving Troubled Waters: Sea Change in a Dutch Fishing by Rob van Ginkel PDF

This ethnographic learn considers the engagement of Dutch fishermen with the restricted assets of the marine international, in addition to the capricious markets and political interventions that govern the fishing from the early eighteenth-century to the current day. extra in particular, it makes a speciality of the owner-operators, deckhands, fishermen’s better halves, and others interested by the fisheries of Texel, an island on the northwestern finish of the Netherlands.

By (author) Nguyen Thi Hien By (author) Karen Fjelstad's Spirits without Borders: Vietnamese Spirit Mediums in a PDF

An ethnographic learn of the transnational and multicultural growth of Vietnam's mom Goddess faith and its spirit ownership ritual, this publication is the made from collaborative study by means of an American anthropologist and a Vietnamese folklorist. "Spirits without borderlines" explores how and why the ritual unfold from Vietnam to the us and again back, the influence of formality transnationa.

Additional info for Albania Today: A Portrait of Post-Communist Turbulence

Sample text

The effects of long term poverty were obvious in every form of construction from furniture to buildings. Farm animals - cows, sheep, horses, donkeys, flocks of turkeys - were a common sight in the streets especially on Sundays, the biggest market day. One day we saw a horse bolting wild west style the length of the main street from the roundabout down to the Café Europa where it turned right and was lost to view. Sometimes one met sheep on the end of a rope descending the stairs of an apartment block.

The New Year allowance was 4kg of meat, 2kg of pork and 2kg of another meat. Our host, a biology teacher, was responsible as an inspector for the secondary schools in the area, several of which he took us to see. This meant walking across the mountains through scenery which, despite the rather frequent industrial interruptions such as pylons, and still more frequent concrete bunkers (300,000 built under Hoxha for defence), was very beautiful indeed. On these walks we were struck by the rather chilling non-acknowledgement of the few people we passed.

Here in the dhoma e edukimit, the room for moral education, married couples’ difficulties, unruly children, political renegades, would be talked over by the ‘këshilli i lagjes’, the ward council. People would make autokritikë (self-criticism) if their behaviour had been singled out in a fletë rrufe, in the hopes of staving off something worse than simply being reprimanded for lack of ideological maturity - ‘pjekuri ideologjike’. Even dressing slightly differently, wearing a skirt made in a new style, could be risky.

Download PDF sample

Albania Today: A Portrait of Post-Communist Turbulence by Clarissa de Waal


by William
4.5

Rated 4.71 of 5 – based on 45 votes