Neighbors at War: Anthropological Perspectives on Yugoslav Ethnicity, Culture, and History

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Before the former Yugoslavia was divided by wars, its inhabitants successfully lived side by side in peace. This collection seeks to explain how former neighbors became enemies, with the hope that understanding what drove these peoples apart will help us discover ways for them to coexist in peace again.

Contributors analyze political cartoons, psychiatry, the arts, visual media, and law to present a diversity of views on the conflicts in Yugoslavia. While the chapters in this ...

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Overview

Before the former Yugoslavia was divided by wars, its inhabitants successfully lived side by side in peace. This collection seeks to explain how former neighbors became enemies, with the hope that understanding what drove these peoples apart will help us discover ways for them to coexist in peace again.

Contributors analyze political cartoons, psychiatry, the arts, visual media, and law to present a diversity of views on the conflicts in Yugoslavia. While the chapters in this book deal with regional developments, they are not so much focused on politics as they are concerned with how values and attitudes are altered and new identities formed. Thus, this volume goes beyond recent journalistic accounts and should remain relevant for years to come.

This book began as a special issue of the journal Anthropology of East Europe Review. Most of the contributors to that issue have revised their chapters for this collection, and new chapters have been added, including one on the recent war in Kosovo. Essays range across all of former Yugoslavia, emphasizing the variability and diversity of ethnic relations throughout its history.

Contributors are Mart Bax, Brian C. Bennett, Nikolai Botev, Bette Denich, Elinor Despalatovič, Hannes Grandits, Joel M. Halpern, E. A. Hammel, Robert M. Hayden, Goran Jovanović, Éva V. Huseby-Darvas, David A. Kideckel, Mirjana Lausevic, Lynn D. Maners, Julie Mertus, Robert Gary Minnich, Rajko Muršič, Edit Petrović, Christian Promitzer, Mirjana Prošić-Dvornić, Janet Reineck, Jonathan Matthew Schwartz, Andrei Simić, and Stevan M. Weine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271019789
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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Joel Halpern is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His previous books include A Serbian Village in Historical Perspective, The Changing Village Community, The Changing Peasantry of Eastern Europe, and The Far East Comes Near.

David Kideckel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University. His previous books include East European Communities: Seeking Balance in Turbulent Times and The Solitude of Collectivism: Romanian Villagers to the Revolution and Beyond.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. I Culture, Society, and Historical Context in Former Yugoslavia
1 Introduction: The End of Yugoslavia Observed 3
2 Lessons from the Yugoslav Labyrinth 19
3 Unmaking Multiethnicity in Yugoslavia: Media and Metamorphosis 39
4 The Yugoslav Dark Side of Humanity: A View from a Slovene Blind Spot 56
Pt. II Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Culture: Contested Views
5 The Roots of the War in Croatia 81
6 Nationalism as a Folk Ideology: The Case of Former Yugoslavia 103
7 Muslims as "Others" in Serbian and Croatian Politics 116
8 "Former Comrades" at War: Historical Perspectives on "Ethnic Cleansing" in Croatia 125
9 Under the Linden Tree: A Slovenian Life on a Contested State Frontier 143
10 Ethnonationalism and the Dissolution of Yugoslavia 164
Pt. III Interpreting Social and Political Processes
11 Barbarization in a Bosnian Pilgrimage Center 187
12 Consequences of the War in Croatia at the Village and Urban Professional Levels 203
13 Seeing Past the Barricades: Ethnic Intermarriage in Former Yugoslavia, 1962-1989 219
14 National Minorities under the Dayton Accord: Lessons from History 234
Pt. IV Expressive Culture as Instrument and Outcome of War
15 The Yugoslav War Through Cartoons 255
16 Some Aspects of Music and Politics in Bosnia 289
17 Clapping for Serbs: Nationalism and Performance in Bosnia and Herzegovina 302
18 Serbia: The Inside Story 316
Pt. V Perspectives on Interventions
19 Refugee Women from Former Yugoslavia in the Camps of Rural Hungary 339
20 Poised for War: Kosova's Quiet Siege 357
21 Civil Society and Ethnic Conflict in the Republic of Macedonia 382
22 Redefining Merhamet After a Historical Nightmare 401
Notes on Contributors 413
References 419
Index 459
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