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Tales from AlbaradoPonzi Logics of Accumulation in Postsocialist Albania$
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Smoki Musaraj

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750335

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750335.001.0001

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“All We Wanted Was a Beautiful Home”

“All We Wanted Was a Beautiful Home”

Housing and Temporalities of Speculation

(p.112) 4 “All We Wanted Was a Beautiful Home”
Tales from Albarado

Smoki Musaraj

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on another important form of wealth: housing. It reviews practices of selling or demolishing and building, buying, or hoping to buy new homes to situate participation in the firms within broader transformations of the housing regime in the early 1990s Albania. The transformation entailed a change in the very value and meaning of the home. The chapter explains how the home became a commodity and could be used as capital. It emphasizes the continuities from the communist to the postsocialist context in the importance of the home as an object of transformation of the self. The chapter also discusses how the home has come to constitute a crucial asset in postsocialist Albania as it is seen as an object that can materialize specific temporalities of the future.

Keywords:   housing regime, commodity, communist, postsocialist Albania, firms, home

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