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Postsocialist, post-conflict, postcolonial?

This book explains theoretical work in postcolonial and postsocialist studies to offer a novel and distinctive insight into how Yugoslavia is configured by, and through, race. It presents the history of how ideas of racialised difference have been translated globally in Yugoslavia. The book provides a discussion on the critical race scholarship, global historical sociologies of 'race in translation' and south-east European cultural critique to show that the Yugoslav region is deeply embedded in global formations of race. It considers the geopolitical imagination of popular culture; the history of ethnicity; and transnational formations of race before and during state socialism, including the Non-Aligned Movement. The book also considers the post-Yugoslav discourses of security, migration, terrorism and international intervention, including the War on Terror and the refugee crisis. It elaborates how often-neglected aspects of the history of nationhood and migration reveal connections that tie the region into the global history of race. The book also explains the linkage between ethnic exclusivism and territory in the ethnopolitical logic of the Bosnian conflict and in the internationally mediated peace agreements that enshrined it: 'apartheid cartography'. Race and whiteness remained perceptible in post-war Bosnian identity discourses as new, open-ended forms of post-conflict international intervention developed.

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socialism take root in Vincentian society. In this regard, the ganja warrior is closer to the spirit of the place than the political ideologue. The third tendency explored in this book reflects a personal journey, away from conventional disciplinary analysis, primarily sociological, to the use of creative expression for social analysis in the context of the Caribbean. In a previous book, Island Voices

in Frontiers of the Caribbean
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An introduction

follows, too, that questions of modernity today increasingly often escape the limits of sociological formalism and exceed the binds of a priori abstraction, emerging instead as matters of particular pasts and attributes of concrete histories and defined by projects of power and molded by provisos of progress. 5 Key questions Engaging and extending such inquiries and emphases, this

in Subjects of modernity
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Entanglements and ambiguities

, these tendencies were conjoined with the influence of Durkheimian sociology in the shaping of structural-functionalist tenets. Such conjunctions led to pervasive presuppositions that societal arrangements were better understood in abstraction from their historical transformations. They called forth and rested on analytical oppositions between “synchrony” and “diachrony” or “statics” and “dynamics

in Subjects of modernity

independent states. Both phenomena will tend to contribute to stronger community but only where they are supported by sociological ties. In the case of diasporas and other forms of transnational communities, those ties will sometimes suffice to sustain solidarities in the absence of territorial presence. At the same time, material developments challenge the binary quality of citizenship. Social attachments are increasingly scalar, something

in Democratic inclusion

focus on a range of cases that fall outside our normal assumptions about who is eligible for, or capable of, citizenship, including children, people with cognitive disabilities and domesticated animals. What members of these groups have in common is that they are members of society, in a sociological sense – living out their lives as part of a transgenerational “core” community, engaging in intersubjective communication

in Democratic inclusion
Rousseau’s and nationalism

– and sociologically implausible. Theatre cannot be a harmful form of entertainment – or so we seem to think today. However, substitute the word ‘television’ with the word ‘theatre’, and Rousseau’s diatribe begins to make sociological sense. Robert Putnam, an American social scientist, recently published a study which showed that America’s ‘social capital’ – what we could call ‘mores’, common bonds, or sense of belonging – is at an all-time low, in large measure because of television. Americans are increasingly becoming disconnected from their communities and social

in The political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Time and space

conversations, including with critical theory, sociological understandings, and ethnographic inquiry, thereby augmenting the study of South Asia. 15 However, two points stand out. On the one hand, prior to these transformations, productive engagements with anthropology were very rare in historical scholarship on modern India conducted on the subcontinent. On the other, as was noted, the articulations of time

in Subjects of modernity
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What does race have to do with the Yugoslav region?

intricacies of ‘workers' self-management’, the rise of ethnopolitics in the Yugoslav public sphere in 1985–91 made studying Yugoslavia synonymous with studying ethnicity and nationalism even before the wars began. 1 The wars, and post-war ethnonationalist elites' persistence in power, tightened the bond further – as, when millions had been targeted for persecution because of ethnicised difference, they had to some extent to do. A field crossing history, anthropology, sociology and politics has debated how far twentieth-century notions of the relationship between ethnicity

in Race and the Yugoslav region
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Antinomies and enticements

attended the emergence(s) and development(s) of the phenomena. Across disciplines, from history to sociology to philosophy, modular designs of modernity are assumed in place more or less a priori. These frames and filters then provide the means with which to approach, analyze, and apprehend the causes, characteristics, and consequences – as well as the terms, terrains, and trajectories – of modernity

in Subjects of modernity