Identity in a Post-Communist Balkan State: An Albanian Village Study - Douglas SaltmarsheAldershot, Burlington, Singapore, Sydney: Ashgate, 2001, Hardback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the first blank page — without provenance. Includes: Charts; Tables; List of abbreviations; Glossary; Appendices (2);
From the cover: “In seeking to better understand post-communist identity change, the hook presents an analysis based on the study of everyday life in two villages in northern Albania. The author describes the villages from the perspective of community, economic activity and relations with the state. The book applies theories relating identity and civil society to the social, economic and political realities associated with post-communist transformation.
By describing village life in northern Albania at the close of the twentieth century, it complements the anthropological work undertaken by Edith Durham in the early 1900s and by Margaret Hasluck in the 1930s. Little has been published which applies anthropologically derived data to post-communist transformation. This is the first such extended study to have been published in respect of Albania.
The book concludes that the negotiation of identity is an exploratory and adaptive process rather than a simple transition to the identities associated with market democracies and that there is a need to adapt, reconfigure and improve a range of institutional forms, particularly those of a civic nature, to generate confidence in the new institutional setting.”