The Influence of Social distance on Interethnic relations: The case of Republic of Macedonia

Stojanovski, Strasko (2016) The Influence of Social distance on Interethnic relations: The case of Republic of Macedonia. In: Contemporary concepts of crisis management, 14-16 Dec 2016, Ohrid, Macedonia. (Submitted)

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This paper focuses on the influence of Social distance on interethnic relations as a precondition of security destabilization of Macedonian society. The paper is based on empirical research conducted in 2015, and compared with similar researches in Macedonia, conducted in 2002 and 1995. Basically, we are focused on ethnic and religious distance as a factor for social destabilization. Increasing the level of this type of social distance can mean greater chance for destabilization and possibility for interethnic conflicts. This is quite noticeable in the pre and post conflict stage in 1995 and 2002, and decreasing in 2015. Also, this process of influence can be analyzed and vice versa, i.e.
when we have conflict situation, determined by ethnic and religious markers, ethnic and religious distance between groups in Republic of Macedonia is increasing.
In terms of political mobilization this social conflict and ethnic distance are exploited from different political, ethnic and religious factors, especially before significant political events as elections or censuses. In the last two years we can notice clear influence of refugee crisis on ethnic and especially religious distance between different groups in Republic of Macedonia.
Keywords: Ethnicity, ethnic distance, religious distance, conflict, Macedonia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Law
Social Sciences > Political Science
Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Strasko Stojanovski
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 14:41

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