Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The RoadAn Ethnography of (Im)mobility, Space, and Cross-border Infrastructures in the Balkans$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Dimitris Dalakoglou

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526109330

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526109330.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use.date: 30 July 2021

Fear of the road and the accident of postsocialism

Fear of the road and the accident of postsocialism

(p.82) 5 Fear of the road and the accident of postsocialism
The Road

Dimitris Dalakoglou

Manchester University Press

This city which centralizes spatially inland mobility infrastructure it also centralizes spatial mobility socially as almost one third of its pre-1990 population lives in Greece. So unsurprisingly in the city and on the road one hears many narrations which locate their action is the 29km cross-border highway. Some of these stories are well known to a lot of Gjirokastrits and were repeated many times during my stay there. They are tales of car crashes, supernatural events, assassinations which occurred on the motorway during the violence of 1997 and of the ‘dangerous’ inhabitants of Lazarati village who are supposed to commit their various criminal activities on the highway. I suggest that in the case of Gjirokastër the highway and the related practices signify the novelties of postsocialism. These novelties combine simultaneously positive and negative implications, although the informants seem to focus on a number of negative incidents which occurred on the road, in fact the Kakavijë-Gjirokastër road emerges as the scene on which the various episodes of an uncertain daily life are located. This is the uncertainty of the entire Albanian postsocialist transitional project.

Keywords:   Crime, Conflict, Violence, Narrative, Borders, Transition, Uncertainty

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.