Evidence from popular music shows that the Yugoslav region just like other European countries does possess a 'deep reservoir' of notions of modernity, morality, hierarchy and entitlement through which popular culture and everyday discourse mobilise meaning. Wekker's search for the affective legacies of racialised colonial imagination in the 'cultural archive' reinforces Anikó Imre's argument that scholars of European media ought to apply the lens of east European postcoloniality to everyday popular culture as well as highbrow literature and cinema. The most unambiguous examples of colonial racialised imaginaries in post-Yugoslav entertainment, even more so than Cro-dance's tribalism and primitivism, were occasional blackface performances on music television. Popular music stands alongside transnational sport and film as a major vector for an embodied transnational cultural politics of race, where what producers and audiences perceive through transnational media is adapted or vernacularised through their own perceptions of race and identity.
THEORY FOR A GLOBAL AGE
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- Connected Sociologies
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- Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism
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- On Sovereignty and Other Political Delusions
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- Postcolonial Piracy: Media Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global South
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- Debt as Power
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- Subjects of modernity: Time-space, disciplines, margins
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- Frontiers of the Caribbean
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- John Dewey: The Global Public and Its Problems
- John Narayan
Race and the Yugoslav region
Postsocialist, post-confl ict, postcolonial?
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