Serbian Dreambook: National Imaginary in the Time of Milosevi - New Anthropologies of Europe (Paperback)Marko Zivkovi (author)
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The central role that the regime of Slobodan Milosevi played in the bloody dissolution of Yugoslavia is well known, but Marko ivkovi explores another side of this time period: the stories people in Serbia were telling themselves (and others) about themselves. ivkovi traces the recurring themes, scripts, and narratives that permeated public discourse in Milosevi's Serbia, as Serbs described themselves as Gypsies or Jews, violent highlanders or peaceful lowlanders, and invoked their own mythologized defeat at the Battle of Kosovo. The author investigates national narratives, the use of tradition for political purposes, and local idioms, paying special attention to the often bizarre and outlandish tropes people employed to make sense of their social reality. He suggests that the enchantments of political life under Milosevi may be fruitfully seen as a dreambook of Serbian national imaginary.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
Anthropologist Zivkovic takes readers a long way toward a long overdue, fair-minded, and full analysis of the Serbian imaginary. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *
Zivkovic proves to be an engaging, but also well-informed, guide to ways in which certain key aspects of Serbian history, geography and culture are not only produced but also endlessly debated and assigned new meanings. Primarily addressed to readers in social and cultural anthropology, the book will also be of use to historians: the theory is sophisticated, but worn relatively lightly, with attempts to engage the lay reader. Quite lengthy endnotes provide necessary context and explanation for the uninitiated, as do a dozen or so suggestive illustrations. * English Historical Review *
[The author] analyzes the ways in which intellectuals contributed to and directly supported the nationalistic discourse of Milosevic's Serbia, relying on the Kosovo narrative of victimhood and exceptionalism. * WORLD LITERATURE TODAY *
[E]ssential for anyone interested in Serbian and Yugoslav history and Balkan studies more generally. * SLAVIC REVIEW *
Serbian Dreambook is a must-read for all-graduate students and scholars in social sciences, even political scientists and journalists-interested in European identities, particularly southeastern European identities: how they are created, perpetuated, and sustained. It also contributes to the further understanding of present-day political realities in Serbia. * AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST *
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