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Wedged between intractable parties: How war affects the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians of Kosovo
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

When a violent intractable conflict ends, its transformation takes away some challenges and

introduces new ones. For minorities caught in the conflict, who do not belonging to the winners or

losers, change can bring forth much confusion as to whether they backed the right actor or not. This

confusion can impact their very identity, especially when the war brought forth regime change.

Using field work data from Kosovo, I develop theory to explain how perceived proximity to

wartime State actors affect the identity constructions of ethnoclass minority groups in the post-war

phase. In-depth interviews with elites from the ‘pan-Roma’ in Kosovo allow for a structured

focused comparison of the role proximity to State has in the identity constructions of the sub-group

communities. It emerges that the war experience affect a sub group’s pursuit for an optimally

distinct dual-identity to addresses the need for inclusion and differentiation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 85 p.
Keyword [en]
post-war, identity, minorities, ethnoclass, Roma, Ashkali, Egyptian, Kosovo
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295716OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295716DiVA: diva2:934516
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-08 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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