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Author Green, Sarah F.
Title Notes from the Balkans : Locating Marginality and Ambiguity on the Greek-Albanian Border.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016.

Author Green, Sarah F.
Series Princeton Modern Greek Studies
Princeton modern Greek studies.
Subject Marginality, Social -- Greece -- Pogoni (Region)
Pogoni (Greece : Region) -- Social conditions.
Cultural fusion -- Epirus (Greece and Albania)
Epirus (Greece and Albania) -- Ethnic relations.
Greeks -- Epirus (Greece and Albania) -- History -- 20th century.
Greece -- Boundaries.
Albania -- Boundaries.
Description 1 online resource (334 pages)
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Maps and Figures ; List of Tables ; Acknowledgments ; Notes on Transliteration, Translation, and Pseudonyms ; CHAPTER 1 Marginal Margins ; CHAPTER 2 Travels ; CHAPTER 3 Moving Mountains ; CHAPTER 4 The Balkan Fractal ; CHAPTER 5 Counting.
CHAPTER 6 Embodied Recounting CHAPTER 7 Developments ; APPENDIX Tables ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index.
Summary Maps and borders notwithstanding, some places are best described as "gaps"--Places with repeatedly contested boundaries that are wedged in between other places that have clear boundaries. This book explores an iconic example of this in the contemporary Western imagination: the Balkans. Drawing on richly detailed ethnographic research around the Greek-Albanian border, Sarah Green focuses her groundbreaking analysis on the ambiguities of never quite resolving where or what places are. One consequence for some Greek peoples in this border area is a seeming lack of distinction--but in a distinctly "Balkan" way. In gaps (which are never empty), marginality is, in contrast with conventional understandings, not a matter of difference and separation--it is a lack thereof. Notes from the Balkans represents the first ethnographic approach to exploring "the Balkans" as an ideological concept. Green argues that, rather than representing a tension between "West" and "East," the Balkans makes such oppositions ambiguous. This kind of marginality means that such places and peoples can hardly engage with "multiculturalism." Moreover, the region's ambiguity threatens clear, modernist distinctions. The violence so closely associated with the region can therefore be seen as part of continual attempts to resolve the ambiguities by imposing fixed separations. And every time this fails, the region is once again defined as a place that will continually proliferate such dangerous ambiguity, and could spread it somewhere else.
Note In English.
ISBN 9781400884353
ISBN/ISSN 10.1515/9781400884353
OCLC # 959150180
Additional Format Print version: Green, Sarah F. Notes from the Balkans : Locating Marginality and Ambiguity on the Greek-Albanian Border. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016 9780691121987

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