Sport and physical activity in post-communist Albania

Philippa Velija

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    With a population of just under 3 million, Albania is one of the smallest countries in South-East Europe. Albania is situated in the Balkans, a region where there remain political unrest, strong Nationalist sentiments and ethnic conflict, it is also a country that endured a brutal isolationist communist regime. The chapter provides an overview of sport during the communist era, and reflects on what role sport plays in the Albanian national habitus at home and in the diaspora. This chapter then considers how sport reflects the changing political, economic and social landscape since communism. Drawing on newspapers, policy documents and historical archives the themes covered in the chapter include; football and nationalism, the privatisation of sport and gender issues in Albanian sport, before finishing with a brief discussion of current civic unrest.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSport, Statehood and Transition in Europe
    Subtitle of host publicationComparative perspectives from post-Soviet and post-socialist societies
    EditorsEkain Rojo-Labaien, Álvaro Rodríguez Díaz, Joel Rookwood
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)9780367344405
    Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2020

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Research in Sport Politics and Policy


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