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From the native point of view: An insider/outsider perspective on folkloric archaism and modern anthropology in Albania

Abstract : In the standard native tradition of Albanian studies, descriptive and empirical research has only confirmed their own ultimate goal of constructing national specificity and a particularly antiquated view of national culture. In this article, I show how and why an articulate analysis of the main intellectual traditions and their impact can provide fresh insights into grasping the cultural particularism of Albanian studies. Methodologically, a new picture of knowledge production must arise if we consider the historical, cultural, political and ideological terrain on which certain influential ideas and practices in Alba-nian studies of people's culture have emerged. The aim, then, is not to provide an exhaustive picture of a positive knowledge of culture and society, but to show the urgent need for avoiding any adoption of concepts that might be pure reconstructions of arbitrary and timeless structures and values, while rejecting any approach in terms of survivals and folklorism.
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Albert Doja. From the native point of view: An insider/outsider perspective on folkloric archaism and modern anthropology in Albania. History of the Human Sciences, SAGE Publications, 2015, 28 (4), pp.44-75. ⟨10.1177/0952695115594099⟩. ⟨halshs-01214230⟩

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