Narrating Victimhood: Gender, Religion and the Making of Place in Post-War Croatia

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Berghahn Books, Apr 1, 2014 - Social Science - 392 pages
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Mythologies and narratives of victimization pervade contemporary Croatia, set against the backdrop of militarized notions of masculinity and the political mobilization of religion and nationhood. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural Dalmatia in the Croatian-Bosnian border region, this book provides a unique account of the politics of ambiguous Europeanness from the perspective of those living at Europe’s margins. Examining phenomena such as Marian apparitions, a historic knights tournament, the symbolic re-signification of a massacre site, and the desolate social situation of Croatian war veterans, Narrating Victimhood traces the complex mechanisms of political radicalization in a post-war scenario. This book provides a new perspective for understanding the ongoing processes of transformation in Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 InSubordination at the Margins of Europe
20
Chapter 2 Marian Devotion in Times of War
75
Chapter 3 ReVisions of History through Landscape
133
Chapter 4 Of War Heroes Martyrs and Invalids
180
Chapter 5 Mobilising Local Reserves
262
Concluding Remarks
311
Glossary and Abbreviations
315
Bibliography
325
Index
353
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Michaela Schäuble is Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Berne (Switzerland). Previously she was a Lecturer in Social and Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University and the Institute of Advanced Studies at Bologna University.

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