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Yugoslavia: from Space to Utopia: Negotiating national and ethnic identity amongst Serbian migrants from former Yugoslavia
Linköping University, Department of Religion and Culture.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesisAlternative title
Jugoslavien: från Plats till Utopi : Att förhandla mellan etnisk och nationell identitet bland serbiska migranter från föredetta Jugoslavien (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In the 60’s and 70’s a large group of Yugoslav migrants came to Sweden in search for jobs. These people mostly belonged to the generation born after the Second World War, a generation brought up in the official discourse of “Brotherhood and Unity”. A discourse downplaying ethnic differences in favour of a national identification. With the break-up of Yugoslavia in the early 1990’s their Yugoslav national identity was beginning to be contested. The Serb migrants had to redefine themselves due to the changing situation and to replace or redefine their Yugoslav identities. This paper presents a case study for three individuals in this group and how they defined themselves before the break-up and how they handled the break-up. It presents how they today look upon Yugoslavia and how that place has changed meaning in their everyday narratives. The question I try to answer is whether someone can call himself Yugoslav when Yugoslavia no longer exists, and how the image of Yugoslavia has changed due to the break-up. I show that the image of Yugoslavia is still very much alive but this image has turned from a place in physical space to a place in their narratives, close to Foucault’s definition of a Utopian place. A place in their minds, perfected in form. They still call themselves Yugoslavs, if the social context allows that, they still use the term to relate to their origin and in discussions of place.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Avdelningen för Socialantropologi , 2006. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Anthropology, Yugoslav migrants, Sweden, Identity, Ethnicity, Place, National Identity, Ethnic Identity
Keyword [sv]
Socialantropologi, Jugoslaviska invandrare, Sverige, Identitet, Etnicitet, Plats, Nationell identitet, etnisk identitet
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-5638ISRN: LIU-IRK/SANT-C--06-007--SEOAI: diva2:21412
Available from: 2006-02-06 Created: 2006-02-06

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