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Representations of Place: Albania

Derek R. Hall
The Geographical Journal
Vol. 165, No. 2, The Changing Meaning of Place in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe: Commodification, Perception and Environment (Jul., 1999), pp. 161-172
Published by: geographicalj
DOI: 10.2307/3060414
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3060414
Page Count: 12
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Representations of Place: Albania
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Abstract

This paper attempts to examine ways in which Albania and its changing fortunes have been represented, largely from a UK perspective, through images derived from academic sources and popular media. It examines three sets of image components of the Balkans, and explores these as building blocks for representations of Albania. It is suggested that of these components - the Classical, the Oriental, and the elemental - it is largely the latter which has been the focus of Western media images of post-communist Albania. It is concluded that a dual emphasis of internal stability and European commitment is required to assist Albania in moving away from such images towards being viewed as a legitimate member of the common European home.

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