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The RoadAn Ethnography of (Im)mobility, Space, and Cross-border Infrastructures in the Balkans$
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Dimitris Dalakoglou

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526109330

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526109330.001.0001

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The city and the road

The city and the road

(p.53) 4 The city and the road
The Road

Dimitris Dalakoglou

Manchester University Press

The urban topography of Gjirokastër city, where part of the current ethnography was based, is under a continuous process of change during the last two decades. The city has in fact been relocated around the traffic infrastructure, centralising the road which leads to the Albanian-Greek border since the borders opened, in 1990. This appears to be a somewhat predictable spatial transformation for a city which has one third of its population living as migrants in Greece and consumes almost entirely imported Greek products since 1990. However, this transformation of the urban formation is a complex process. This chapter enlightens on how the postsocialist city is enlarged dramatically and how it is reconfigured spatially in reference to the road infrastructure. It will address two main processes, the postsocialist introduction of the car-related spatial practices and the relocation of the urban centre around the road.

Keywords:   Urban Spaces, Modernisation, Ottoman urban planning, Postsocialist urban planning, Socialist urban planning, Infrastructures, Mobility, Automobility, Borders

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