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Albania Portrait of a Country in Transition. von Waal, Clarissa De (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 24.06.2005
  • Verlag: Durnell MDL
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Catapulted from totalitarianism to free market capitalism in 1991, Albania emerged from half a century of isolation to find itself an anomaly in Europe: a third world country economically and infra-structurally, first world in terms of education, literature and the arts. This portrait of Albania's 'transition' is based on the experiences of a diverse range of families - highland villagers, urban elite, shanty dwellers - whose lives the anthropologist author has followed closely since 1992. Village life is conveyed in vivid detail. The villagers deal with the grinding poverty of village life with humour, charm and reslience. Rural life, despite concerted attempts by the communist regime to eradicate 'backwardness', is still pervaded by the archaic world of customary law, a system whose influence spans dispute settlement, forest rights, marriage arrangement and blood-feuds. In the capital, Tirana, members of the former communist elite are courted by innumerable missionary groups and


    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 24.06.2005
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780857710239
    Verlag: Durnell MDL
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