Don't Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia - download pdf or read online

By Andrej Grubacic, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

ISBN-10: 1604863021

ISBN-13: 9781604863024

Presenting a thorough leftist standpoint at the contemporary heritage of the Balkan sector, this choice of essays, commentaries, and interviews argues that the dismantling of Yugoslavia is simply one other milestone within the lengthy background of colonialism, conquest, and interventionism. Written among 2002 and 2010, this quantity addresses major happenings equivalent to the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, the assassination of top Minister Djindjic, the supervised "independence" of Kosovo, and the career of Bosnia. as well as this modern glance, this exploration unearths the politically progressive traditions of the Balkan peoples as evidenced via their anti-Ottoman, anticrusade, and antifascist activities as well as their embracing of socialism, feminism, and new social experiments.

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At the same time as the “savage Balkans” was reintroduced, the propaganda myth of the artificiality of now former Yugoslavia, and its “dark Balkan origins,” emerged from the woodwork of metropolitan academia. Most interesting and thought-provoking in the final essay is Grubačić’s offering of the idea of a “collective and emancipa31 INTRODUCTION tory research project” that would benefit all who struggle for profound structural socioeconomic change and a new vision of life after the capitalist/imperialist state.

For readers interested in the topic of European universalism, I would recommend Edward Said’s classic Orientalism. Another useful book is Immanuel Wallerstein’s European Universalism: The Rhetoric of Power. Recent scholarship on Eurocentrism includes some truly groundbreaking writings building on traditions of dependency theory and world systems analysis, such as Coloniality of Power by Anibal Quijano, Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking by Walter Mignolo, and The Underside of Modernity: Apel, Ricoeur, Rorty, Taylor and the Philosophy of Liberation by Enrique Dussel.

Is it limited to the targeting of organized criminals as has been largely portrayed in the media? Or are 61 DON’T MOURN, BALKANIZE! broader constituencies and forms of political dissent being targeted? AG: Minister of Justice Vladan Batić has claimed that a modern Serbia requires modern prisons with a minimum of two thousand places. It seems that we have arrived! Modernization in contemporary Serbia seems to mean the construction of modern prisons. However, I don’t know if there will be enough room in these prisons for the seven thousand working people who have thus far been detained and imprisoned under the state of emergency.

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