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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 road of/on transition

The road of/on transition

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The Road

Dimitris Dalakoglou

Manchester University Press

This is the key ethnographic chapter of the book: According to local mythology, danger influxes via the road and wealth outflux. It is by no coincidence that all these oral discourses in Gjirokastër locate their action on this particular road section. In postsocialism the Kakavijë–Gjirokastër road section has become a material and physical continuation of the Greek road system. The mythology of this road section comprehends three phenomena: the motif of the old hostility between Greece and Albania; the politics of international aid, but also the practices of transnationalism.

Keywords:   Migration, Infrastructures, Narratives, International development, EU external policy, Borders, Danger

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