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Teaching a Child to Walk : perspectives on the contemporary situation in Kosovo

by Emilsson, Olof

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this thesis is to achieve a greater understanding of the contemporary situation in Kosovo. This understanding is to be made concrete by viewing the international community’s and the domestic actor’s view of the root causes to the contemporary situation. First, the historical background and the contemporary political-, economical- and societal situation of the province are presented. Secondly follows the International Community’s- and the domestic actors stated view that is analyzed using the theories of Political Culture, Relative Deprivation and Human Needs.The method that I have chosen is the qualitative together with Semi Structured Interviews that took place in Kosovo during spring 2007.I find in my analysis that the view of the International Community and the domestic actors differ. The international community judge the root causes to be foremost the economy, historical legacy and unresolved status and that these have an Interest need based feature. The Kosovo Albanian elite deems that the economy, dual administration, living in a post-communist society and the unresolved status are the most important root causes. The Kosovo Serbs judge them to be lack of political stability and security, and the unresolved status. These needs are Value- and Human Need based to a greater extent than the International Community’s stated ones.Keywords: Kosovo, International and Domestic Perspective, Relative Deprivation, Human Needs
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School:Växjö universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:kosovo international and domestic perspective relative deprivation human needs

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Date of Publication:09/19/2007

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