Aktiv – 2019
Today, despite the tangible progress achieved in stabilization of ethnic relations and cooperation at political level, Kosovo still remains a divided society with deeply rooted inter-ethnic prejudices. Such a state of affairs is intentionally or inadvertently sustained and fueled by more or less all community actors, while the structural reconciliation and cooperation efforts are limited to the low-scale civil initiatives or narrow professional clusters (e.g businesses). There are many factors that contribute and fuel the lingering ethnic conflicts in Kosovo. They vary in intensity and effects on ethnic relations.
There have been many works and research in examination of the conflict drivers, but very poor efforts have been made in identifying the prejudices and misperceptions burdening ethnic relations in Kosovo, let alone engage in public dialogue aimed at their deconstruction. The study presented in this paper aims exactly at this – to label prevailing ethnic stereotypes and instigate an open dialogue that leads toward their understanding and their rejection in shaping ethnic perceptions.
The research was conducted on 527 subjects from the area of North Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zvecan, Zubin Potok, and the enclaves (Strpce, Gnjilane and Gračanica) on one side (233 total), and Mitrovica and Pristina (a total of 299) on the other.
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