Serbian Dreambook: National Imaginary in the Time of Milošević

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Indiana University Press, 2011 - History - 318 pages
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The central role that the regime of Slobodan MiloševiÄ? played in the bloody dissolution of Yugoslavia is well known, but Marko ?ivkoviÄ? explores another side of this time period: the stories people in Serbia were telling themselves (and others) about themselves. ?ivkoviÄ? traces the recurring themes, scripts, and narratives that permeated public discourse in MiloševiÄ?'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 MiloševiÄ? may be fruitfully seen as a dreambook of Serbian national imaginary.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Belgrade
15
2 Serbias Position in European
42
3 Highlanders and Lowlanders
76
4 Tenderhearted Criminals and the Reverse Pygmalion
94
Too Much CharacterToo Little Kultur
115
The Most Ancient People
144
From Kosovo to Jadovno
168
Conspiracy Theories Everyday Life and the Poetics of Opacity
211
A Super Informant in the Slushy Swamp of Serbian Politics
237
Chronotropes and Awakenings
249
Notes
259
Bibliography
281
Filmography
299
Index
301
Copyright

8 The Wish to Be a Jew or The Power of the Jewish Trope
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About the author (2011)

Marko ?ivkoviÄ? is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta.

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