Mapping civil society in former Yugoslavia

Volcic, Z. (2006). Mapping civil society in former Yugoslavia. In: Proceedings of: 56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association: Networking Communication Research. 56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association: Networking Communication Research, Dresden, Germany, (). 19-23 June 2006.


Author Volcic, Z.
Title of paper Mapping civil society in former Yugoslavia
Conference name 56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association: Networking Communication Research
Conference location Dresden, Germany
Conference dates 19-23 June 2006
Proceedings title Proceedings of: 56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association: Networking Communication Research
Place of Publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher International Communication Association
Publication Year 2006
Year available 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 'not found'
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Abstract/Summary From the break up of the New Left into single issue groups at the end of the 1960s came a variety of groups representing the peace movement, environmental movement, student movement, women’s movement, and gay liberation movement. This explosion of new social movement activism has been heralded as the age of new radical politics. Many theorists and activists understand new social movements, as replacing the working class as an agent for progressive social change. Scholars and activists now alike debate the possibilities for revolutionary change in this era of multinational capitalism and new nationalisms. This paper examines some of the above claims in the context of the contemporary Serbian civil society. It explores the relationship between the civil society, activism, and narratives in Serbia. In particular, it examines the anti-Milosevic’ movement Otpor! (Resistance), and its discourse, practice and politics in public spaces, through an analysis of narratives of a set of roughly 20 interviews with Otpor! activists, aged 18-35. In the following discussion, then, I will focus on some of the particular dilemmas of contemporary Serbian popular movements - they are dilemmas to do with the growing complexity of media life in the Serbian spaces. I ground my debate on particular uses of the notion of civil society in the narratives of Otpor! activists, while I focus on the question of how do Otpor! activists relate to Leftist/radical politics and the idea of civil society.
Subjects E1
400101 Journalism
751004 The media
Q-Index Code E1
Additional Notes In Session Submission: Media, Civil Society, and Conflict Division: Intercultural & Development Communication

 
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