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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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Domesticating the road

Domesticating the road

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(p.133) 7 Domesticating the road
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The Road
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Dimitris Dalakoglou

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526109330.003.0007

The flows of remittances and artefacts are centred upon the material entity of the house. New or totally refurbished houses in Albania emerge as the major materialisation of migratory remittances in the country of origin. The Albanian houses under research are perpetually undergoing construction, while their building materials are brought gradually from Greece, most of the time by the migrants themselves and of course, via the major cross-border road - namely the Kakavijë–Gjirokastër road. The material fluidity of these houses shows their integration into the prevalent cosmology of flows while it signifies an ontological link between the house and the roads. None of the two categories has static materiality; both are inflowing from Greece and represent simultaneously a wanted and an unwanted gain of postsocialist globalised experience. Migrants’ houses and roads are two aspects of the same process but with very different perceptions.

Keywords:   House, Domestic Space, Construction Industry, Construction Workers, Transnationalism, Remittances

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