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NCJ Number: 222061 Find in a Library
Title: Globalization, Conduct Norms and 'Culture Conflict': Perceptions of Violence and Crime in an Ethnic Albanian Context
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:48  Issue:2  Dated:March 2008  Pages:226-246
Author(s): Jana Arsovska; Philippe Verduyn
Date Published: March 2008
Page Count: 21
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper explores both the role of culture and ‘culture conflict’ in shaping contemporary Albanian views on violent crime in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia.
Abstract: Albanian society is undergoing a period of rapid change. The findings of the research suggest that while the traditional values have been severely weakened, new ones have not yet taken their place. Thus, while an Albanian ‘culture of violence’ and interpretations of customary Kanun laws may be factors in ethnic Albanian violent crime, the research findings suggest that ‘conflict of conduct norms’ rather than any traditional ‘culture of violence’ may better explain recent increases in crime. Utilizing a cross-national survey with ethnic Albanian respondents from Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia conducted in 2006, this paper examines whether violence in contemporary Albania is a structured phenomenon linked to Albanian customary laws, such as the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini, or whether it is a product of social confusion and ‘culture conflict’. It is argued that the expansion of Western legal norms in the Albanian territories has caused a ‘culture conflict’ within the society. Figures, table, references
Main Term(s): Albania; Violence causes
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Cultural influences; Foreign countries; Society-crime relationships; Violence
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