Towards Inclusive Social Identities in the Republic of Macedonia

  • Ali Pajaziti
  • Biljana Blaževska-Stoilkovska
  • Ana Fritzhand
  • Agron Rustemi
  • Admir Qose


Given the history of inter-ethnic tensions in Macedonia, this chapter is focused on the salience of ethnic, religious, and national identities among the youth. Both young Albanians and Macedonians perceive a clear distinction between Us (Albanians/Muslim or Macedonian/Orthodox) and Them, along both ethnic and religious lines. The youth who have local minority status (Albanians from Skopje and Macedonians from Tetovo) have a greater opportunity to meet local majority group members, especially in formal settings. However, results indicate an evident separation of these groups in everyday life in both cities. In both groups, the strength of ethnic identification is negatively related to the quality of contacts with members of the ethnic outgroup. The findings are discussed through their importance for social identity inclusiveness and complexity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Pajaziti
    • 1
  • Biljana Blaževska-Stoilkovska
    • 2
  • Ana Fritzhand
    • 2
  • Agron Rustemi
    • 1
  • Admir Qose
    • 1
  1. 1.Public Administration and Political SciencesSouth East European UniversityTetovoMacedonia
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity St. Cyril and MethodiusSkopjeMacedonia

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