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The politics of religion in the reconstruction of identities: the Albanian situation

Doja, A; (2000) The politics of religion in the reconstruction of identities: the Albanian situation. Critique of Anthropology , 20 (4) pp. 421-438. 10.1177/0308275X0002000404.

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Abstract

In order to appreciate die very historical significance of the successive sive processes of conversion and reconversion among Albanians and other Southeast European populations, and to subject them to a more effective anthropological analysis, this article argues that they should be understood in terms of the dynamics of objectification and resistance against pressures exerted by authorities holding political and religious power. This approach allows us to put the meaning of religious affiliations into the perspective of negotiation and redefinition of social identities, leading to the transformation of Albanian identity and ethnicity, and re-establishing traditions of political, social and national history.

Type:Article
Title:The politics of religion in the reconstruction of identities: the Albanian situation
DOI:10.1177/0308275X0002000404
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0308275X0002000404
Language:English
Additional information:Please see http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/16554/ for details of the French translation of this article. Please also see http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/16570/ for details of an extended Albanian version of this paper. The subject of this article was first discussed at a series of papers presented at the XXIV Conference of the Society International Sociology of Religion, Toulouse (France), July 7-11 1997, in the Symbolic Logic and Ideology seminar at EHESS in Paris, and the Anthropology of Europe seminar at the University of Paris-X Nanterre.
Keywords:Albanian, conversion, ethnicity, religion
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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