Serbian spaces of identity: Narratives of belonging by the last "Yugo" generation

Volcic, Zala Serbian spaces of identity: Narratives of belonging by the last "Yugo" generation. New York , NY, U.S.A.: Hampton Press, 2011.

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Author Volcic, Zala
Title Serbian spaces of identity: Narratives of belonging by the last "Yugo" generation
Place of Publication New York , NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Hampton Press
Publication year 2011
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
Series Hampton Press communication series. Communication, globalization, and cultural identity
ISBN 9781612890067
Language eng
Total number of pages 180
Collection year 2012
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Yugoslavia may be done, but it lives on in the memory of its last generation, along with the potent mix of nationalisms, globalization, and historical tensions that helped dissolve it. If the dissolution of Yugoslavia has taught us anything, it is that nationalism and globalization are not mutually exclusive. Drawing on the recollections of key figures among the last Serbian generation to grow up Yugoslav, this book explores the transition from socialism to capitalism, from the dream of pan-Slavic working class identity to the contentious capitalist reality that gave us the word “Balkanization”. This book paints the portrait of the ruling generation and its ambivalent attitudes toward both the socialist past and the capitalist, Western-oriented present. In so doing, it also explores the emerging phenomenon of Yugo-nostalgia—the way in which the socialist past is re-created for a consumption-oriented present as one more marketing gimmick.

Although focused on the case of Serbia and the troubled Milosevic era, it speaks to the broader theme of the fate of nationalism and national identity in an era of capitalist globalization. It also troubles the notion of modernization as a unified and unifying process by unfolding the complex mix of tradition and novelty, cosmopolitan aspiration, and historical identification that characterize not only the former Yugoslavia, but the process whereby nations are incorporated into the global market economy. Through the exploration of a particular case, the book explores the landscape of hopes and misgivings that characterize the post-Cold-War era. [ publisher's website]
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Additional Notes Description: xi, 180 p. ; 23 cm.

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