Scenes from the last Yugoslav generation: The long march from Yugo-Utopia to Nationalisms

Volcic, Zala (2007) Scenes from the last Yugoslav generation: The long march from Yugo-Utopia to Nationalisms. Cultural Dynamics, 19 1: 67-89. doi:10.1177/0921374007077270


Author Volcic, Zala
Title Scenes from the last Yugoslav generation: The long march from Yugo-Utopia to Nationalisms
Journal name Cultural Dynamics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-3740
1461-7048
Publication date 2007-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0921374007077270
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 67
End page 89
Total pages 23
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract This article explores various aspects of how young Slovenian and Macedonian intellectuals, belonging to the last Yugoslav generation, articulate their (new) spaces of belonging and identity. I look at their Yugoslav memories and address a relatively straightforward question: how was the former Yugoslav community imagined, interpreted, represented, rejected, accepted and in what ways has this image of community been reappropriated and reimagined by the informants? From the narratives, my informants appear to identify with the former Yugoslavia as a multicultural space, a civic space that was based on a common socialist and pluralist culture, with its collective myths and rituals. However, as I suggest, Yugoslav identity starts to appear as a strange feeling of belonging, whereby that which has been familiar becomes suddenly and inexplicably alien. Furthermore, the concept of national identity seems to replicate and recycle the very supranational Yugoslav logics it wants to oppose.
Keyword Identity
Macedonia
Memory
Narratives
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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