216 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 illus.
Cloth 2012 | ISBN 9780812243994 | $65.00s | Outside the Americas £56.00
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A volume in the series Ethnography of Political Violence
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"Neofotistos examines the political implications of everyday practices and performances in impressive ethnographic detail, using sophisticated social theory to analyze the material and offering enlightening interpretations of it to shed light on how people are able to live in multicultural communities in times of conflict."—Loring M. Danforth, Bates CollegeThe Risk of War focuses on practices and performances of everyday life across ethnonational borders during the six-month armed conflict in 2001 between Macedonian government forces and the Albanian National Liberation Army (NLA)—a conflict initiated by the NLA with the proclaimed purpose of securing greater rights for the Albanian community in Macedonia and terminated by the internationally brokered Ohrid Framework Agreement. Anthropologist Vasiliki P. Neofotistos provides an ethnographic account of the ways middle- and working-class Albanian and Macedonian noncombatants in Macedonia's capital city, Skopje, went about their daily lives during the conflict, when fear and uncertainty regarding their existence and the viability of the state were intense and widespread.
Neofotistos finds that, rather than passively observing the international community's efforts to manage the political crisis, members of the Macedonian and Albanian communities responded with resilience and wit to disruptive and threatening changes in social structure, intensely negotiated relationships of power, and promoted indeterminacy on the level of the everyday as a sense of impending war enfolded the capital. More broadly, The Risk of War helps us better understand how postindependence Macedonia has managed to escape civil bloodshed despite high political volatility, acute ethno-nationalist rivalries, and unrelenting external pressures exerted by neighboring countries.
Vasiliki P. Neofotistos teaches anthropology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.