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The Mother Teresa Society. Volunteer Work for the Kosovo‑Albanian ‘Parallel Structures’ in the 1990s

The Mother Teresa Society. Volunteer Work for the Kosovo‑Albanian ‘Parallel Structures’ in the 1990s AbstractBuilding on the example of Kosovo, the author explores the fluctuating boundaries between voluntary associations and the political realm. She is inspired by recent scholarship on voluntary associations in Southeastern Europe, which highlights the political aspects of associational volunteering. After the mass dismissals of Kosovo-Albanians in the health sector during the 1990s, the Mother Teresa Society, one of the largest Kosovar associations at the time, set up alternative healthcare centres throughout Kosovo, relying on the involvement of reportedly more than 7,000 volunteers. However, the Society and its volunteers did not merely fill the gap in medical care, but also participated in political decision-making through their close relationship with actors in the Kosovo-Albanian ‘parallel structures’. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Südosteuropa de Gruyter

The Mother Teresa Society. Volunteer Work for the Kosovo‑Albanian ‘Parallel Structures’ in the 1990s

Südosteuropa , Volume 68 (2): 25 – Jul 28, 2020

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de Gruyter
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© 2020 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
0722-480X
eISSN
2364-933X
DOI
10.1515/soeu-2020-0015
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Abstract

AbstractBuilding on the example of Kosovo, the author explores the fluctuating boundaries between voluntary associations and the political realm. She is inspired by recent scholarship on voluntary associations in Southeastern Europe, which highlights the political aspects of associational volunteering. After the mass dismissals of Kosovo-Albanians in the health sector during the 1990s, the Mother Teresa Society, one of the largest Kosovar associations at the time, set up alternative healthcare centres throughout Kosovo, relying on the involvement of reportedly more than 7,000 volunteers. However, the Society and its volunteers did not merely fill the gap in medical care, but also participated in political decision-making through their close relationship with actors in the Kosovo-Albanian ‘parallel structures’.

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Südosteuropade Gruyter

Published: Jul 28, 2020

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