Wedged between intractable parties: How war affects the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians of Kosovo
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
post-war, identity, minorities, ethnoclass, Roma, Ashkali, Egyptian, Kosovo
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295716OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295716DiVA: diva2:934516
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Kostic, Roland, Assistant Professor
Brosché, Johan, PhD