ISBN 978-1508747949Centre for Albanian Studies, London 2015326 pp. ‘Behind Stone Walls’ is a sociological,or more specifically, a social anthropological study of traditional Albanian society. It focuses, in particular, on the formation and evolution of household and family structures among the Kosovo Albanians and was written on the basis of field work carried out by the author in the village of Isniq in western Kosovo in 1976. The study provides the reader with a fascinating glimpse into an exotic world which will soon belong to the past, as the author predicted.
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Preface, by Robert ElsieIntroduction: Berita - the Norwegian Friend of the Albanians, by Ann Christine EekBEHIND STONE WALLSAcknowledgement1.INTRODUCTIONFamily and HouseholdFamily – Types, Stages, FormsDemographic Processes in IsniqFieldworkData Collection2.ISNIQ: A VILLAGE AND ITS FAMILIESOnce upon a TimeGoing to IsniqKosovoFirst ImpressionsEducationSources of Income and ProfessionsTraditional AdaptationThe Household: Distribution in SpaceHousehold OrganizationHousehold StructurePositions in the HouseholdThe Household as an Economic Unit3.CONJECTURING ABOUT AN ETHNOGRAPHIC PASTAshtu është ligji – Such are the RulesThe So-Called Albanian Tribal SocietyThe fisThe bajrakEconomic ConditionsLand, Labour and Surplus in IsniqThe Political Economy of the Patriarchal Familyor the Patriarchal Mode of Reproduction4.RELATIONS OF BLOOD, MILK AND PARTY MEMBERSHIPThe Traditional Social Structure: BloodThe Branch of Milk – the Female Negative of Male Positive StructureCrossing Family Boundaries – Male and Female InteractionDajet - Mother’s Brother in KosovoThe Formal Political OrganizationPleqësia AgainDivision of Power between partia and pleqësiaThe Patriarchal Triangle5.A LOAF ONCE BROKEN CANNOT BE PUT TOGETHERThe Process of the SplitReactions to Division in the FamilyLove and MarriageThe Phenomenon of Sworn Virgins and the Future of Sex RolesGlossary of Albanian Terms Used in this BookBibliographyIsniq – a Picture Story. Photographs from the Village of Isniq (Kosovo) in 1976,by Ann Christine Eek Buy this Book on AMAZON