BeschreibungIn 2004, Slovenia - a former part of communist Yugoslavia - entered the European Union. In doing so, it had to incorporate 'Western' European values of national self-understanding and abandon communism as a reliable concept of state organisation. In this particular historical moment of a changing political and cultural climate, the crucial questions are: when does identity matter and how do these identity matters emerge. The book focuses on identity and belonging of young Slovene adults and their definition of belonging outside or beyond the nation state. Related to this, "Identity Matters" critically reflects upon the sense of Europeanness offered by the European Union and is supportive of a concept that transgresses the modern condition of the nation state. The theoretical line of argument does not suggest burying the nation state as a concept, but rather to outline the competitive field of identity providers and reflect upon the implications for people's lives and communities.
InhaltsverzeichnisIntroduction; Uses of the Term IdentityA": 1. Historical Background; 2. Discursive Understanding of Identity; 2.1 Representational Order: Identification and Exclusion; 2.2 Bodies that (do not) matter; Consequences; Theoretical Framework - An Inquiry into Movements and Models: 1. Feminist Movements and the Re-Articulation of Group-Consciousness; 2. Subjugated Knowledge and the Critique on WesternA" Superiority; 3. Hybrid Identities and Diaspora; Consequences; In Search for Identity - European Nation States: 1. OriginA" of the Nation State in the WestA"; 1.1 Imagination as a Side of Collective Amnesia and the Role of the Mass Media; 1.2 Nation-building in the South-East of Europe: Slovene Independence and the Role of National Media; 2. In Search of the NatureA" of People in a NormalA" Nation; 2.1 Deconstructing a Naturalised National Order; 2.2 The Sexualised OtherA" within the Nation State; Consequences; The Project of the European Union: 1. (No) European solidarity - Who are the Europeans?; 1.1 Slovenia's Relation to Discourses of Europe; 1.2 The Borders of Europe; 1.3 Unified in Difference and Diversity; 1.4 Legal Foundation of the European Union; 2. Fortress Europe Syndrome; 3. Balkanisation of Europe?; 4. The Political Project: A Real Chance for the Multicultural Condition?; Consequences; Interwoven in Europe. Positioning Slovenia: 1. Economy; 2. Christianity; 3. Journalism; 4. Escaping the BalkansA"; 5. Returning to the BalkansA"; Consequences; Global Fragmentation or Another Universalism?: 1. Different Meanings of Globalisation; 1.1 World-Wide Distribution of Content: Another WesternA" Domination?; 2. The Confluence of Globalisation and Local Mobilisation; 3. The Confluence of Globalisation and Neo-Liberalism; 4. Losing the Sense of Security and Safety: A WesternA" Phenomenon; 5. Different Worlds in the World Society; Consequences; Empirical and Analytical Standpoints: 1. Methodology; 2. Discourse Analysis; EU-European SlovenesA": 1. The Attempt of Defining Sloveneness; 1.1 Landscape; 1.2 Detecting National Normality; 1.3 Language and Ethnicity; 1.4 Cultural Heritage as Tradition; 2. In the Middle; 2.1 Shifting Borders: Flexible WeA"- and ThemA"-Communities; 2.2 The Closure of Borders: Exclusively Slovene; 2.3 EU-Europeanness and WesternA" Situatedness; 3. Old and New Global Influences: Slovenia in the Process of Change; 3.1 No Fun-Community; 3.2 Domestificating Foreign Influences; 4. Considerations of Belonging; The MetropolitansA": 1. A Picture of Slovenia; 1.1 Slovene Reputation; 1.2 Personal Access to Slovenia - In the Middle Again; 1.3 Nationalism; 2. Negotiating Belonging: The EU-Condition; 2.1 New Socio-Cultural Borders in Slovenia; 2.2 Personal Expectations towards the European Union; 2.3 OtheringA"-Processes in new EuropeA" - the BalkansA"; 2.4 EU-Influences on the Relationship between Former Yugoslavian Republics; 3. Considerations of Belonging; Slovene TravellersA": 1. Forming Slovenia. Questioned and Unquestioned Categories; 1.1 (Non-) Belonging to Slovenia; 1.2 Meaning of Smallness (Majhnost); 1.3 Forced Slovenes; 2. The attempt to describe Sloveneness; 3. Identity and Difference; 4. Between Exploitation of othersA" and Opening to a Multicultural Condition; 4.1 Hope for Positive Change of Slovene Society; 4.2 The Confluence of MultikultiA" and Exclusive Cultural Definitions; 5. Considerations of Belonging; Promoters or Defenders of Slovenia?: 1. Slovenia for the Eyes of Others?; 2. Agents of the National Narration; 3. Alliances to the WestA"; 4. Ambiguous Relations to Other States of Former Yugoslavia; 5. Considerations of Belonging; Conclusions: 1. The Nation State as a Provider of Identity, or How to Escape National Identity; 2. Nationality as Symbolic Capital; 3. NormalityA" within the Slovene Nation State: Intended and Tacit Belongings; 4. An Outlook - Starting Points for a Multicultural Condition
PortraitDaniela Gronold received a doctoral degree in Media and Communication Studies. She is based at the University of Klagenfurt in the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education. Her academic interests focus on gendered and nationalised identities, racism and public representation, Critical Whiteness Studies and Postcolonial Studies.
Untertitel: Different Conceptualisations of Belonging from the Perspective of Young Slovenes. 'Internationale Hochschulschriften'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Waxmann Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2010
Seitenanzahl: 341 Seiten