Social Transformation and the Memory in a Postwar Society- the Case of Kosovo
The focus of our research is the period after 1999. This period is important in two senses. First, in terms of social change, this period is important because three international missions were deployed in Kosovo and the country has declared its independence since. Second, from the aspect of social organization, it is the period of creation of the self-administered institutions, and the development of the overall transition. The structural changes affected the culture, and the system of values in Kosovo society to a great extent. This period is of a particular importance, because it signifies great changes in lifestyle, the transformation of values and mentality, and the behavior patterns and practices.
Research in the field of collective memory and social transformations requires very precise methodological approach. Each of the research projects has included 50 in depth-interviews, and visual elements collected in the field, such as pictures and video materials. The data show that people’s relationship are very strong not only to the family and the homeland, but also to physical objects, tools, pictures, books, souvenirs, symbolic values, plants, animals and the environment.