Michaela Schauble

Narrating Victimhood

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

Berghahn Books 2017

Books ReceivedBooks Received: Eastern European StudiesBooks Received: European StudiesBooks Received: Global EthicsBooks Received: Military HistoryNew Books Network October 11, 2017

Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Mythologies and narratives of victimization pervade contemporary Croatia, set against the backdrop of militarized notions of masculinity and...

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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