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MetaKosovo: local and international narratives

Vjosa Musliu (UGent) and Jan Orbie (UGent)
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This article examines local narratives on Kosovo and their role in crafting and articulating interpretations of Kosovo and international missions. Using the concept of ‘home’, as used and conceptualised by Jacques Derrida, the article reverses the order of who is ‘guest’ and ‘host’ in Kosovo and how that defines the local narratives on the subject. In the first part, attention is paid solely to letting local narratives deconstruct themselves, while in the second part we let them deconstruct the international narrative on Kosovo. The aim of the article is to present Kosovo as a battleground of division and commonality among the narratives and at the same time as an ‘impossible’ ‘home’ of all its narratives. In conclusion, some thoughts pave the way for the idea of ‘renegotiating’ the concept of ‘home’ with particular focus on ‘home’ in interventions and missions and its ultimate influence on the ethics of intervention.
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home, Derrida, hospitality, hostility, Kosovo, EU

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Musliu, Vjosa, and Jan Orbie. 2016. “MetaKosovo: Local and International Narratives.” British Journal of Politics & International Relations 18 (1): 179–195.
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Musliu, V., & Orbie, J. (2016). MetaKosovo: local and international narratives. BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, 18(1), 179–195.
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Musliu V, Orbie J. MetaKosovo: local and international narratives. BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. 2016;18(1):179–95.
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Musliu, Vjosa, and Jan Orbie. “MetaKosovo: Local and International Narratives.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 18.1 (2016): 179–195. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article examines local narratives on Kosovo and their role in crafting and articulating interpretations of Kosovo and international missions. Using the concept of {\textquoteleft}home{\textquoteright}, as used and conceptualised by Jacques Derrida, the article reverses the order of who is {\textquoteleft}guest{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}host{\textquoteright} in Kosovo and how that defines the local narratives on the subject. In the first part, attention is paid solely to letting local narratives deconstruct themselves, while in the second part we let them deconstruct the international narrative on Kosovo. The aim of the article is to present Kosovo as a battleground of division and commonality among the narratives and at the same time as an {\textquoteleft}impossible{\textquoteright} {\textquoteleft}home{\textquoteright} of all its narratives. In conclusion, some thoughts pave the way for the idea of {\textquoteleft}renegotiating{\textquoteright} the concept of {\textquoteleft}home{\textquoteright} with particular focus on {\textquoteleft}home{\textquoteright} in interventions and missions and its ultimate influence on the ethics of intervention.},
  author       = {Musliu, Vjosa and Orbie, Jan},
  issn         = {1467-856X},
  journal      = {BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICS \& INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS},
  keyword      = {home,Derrida,hospitality,hostility,Kosovo,EU},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {179--195},
  title        = {MetaKosovo: local and international narratives},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-856X.12069},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2016},
}

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