Globalization, conduct norms and 'culture conflict' - Perceptions of violence and cyime in an ethnic Albanian context

Jana Arsovska*, Philippe Verduyn

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The 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 argues that the expansion of Western legal norms in the Albanian territories has caused a ‘culture conflict’ within the society, which has subsequently led to an increase in crime. The conclusions drawn are based on a cross-national survey with ethnic Albanian respondents from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, carried out during 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-246
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes



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