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Title: Constructing the other : discourses on Europe and identity in 'First' and 'Other' Serbia
Author: Omaljev, Ana
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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One of the essential characteristics of post-MiloSevic public space in Serbia is that the main actors are rethinking political identities and negotiating their meanings. The existing literature shows that representations of Serbian identity within the political discourses of 'First' and 'Other' Serbia are marked by extensive and frequent contestation. In these early years of consolidation of Serbian democracy there is no political, social and cultural consensus on key questions such as the post-Yugoslav conflicts and war crimes, relations with the European Union and the role of the Serbian Orthodox Church in politics. This research draws support from IR constructivist literature on the role of difference in identity formation. It follows Hansen's approach in using the techniques of discourse analysis to denaturalise categories such as 'Us' and 'Them' by exposing them as the products of particular discourses. This research therefore examines the evolution of 'First' and 'Other' Serbia as political and societal discourses and explores how discursive strategies of Othering and Self-referencing are framed in the public sphere, paying special attention to the construction of representations of 'Europe' and 'Kosovo'. I argue that the European Other is an essential part of the construction of the Serbian Self. This work, then, aims to identify the main issues which are raised in construction of the difference from the European Other and show how the alternative to Europe is constructed. More specifically, it explores the way in which images of othering are framed within the ongoing 'Missionary Intelligentsia' debate which was initiated in 2003 in Vreme, a weekly magazine, and how this discussion contributed to further political polarisation in Serbia. The questions this thesis specifically addresses are: what it means to be a 'Serb' and/or 'European', or to be labelled as' anti-Serbian'; and how the concepts of 'traitor' and 'patriot' are constructed within the 'First' and 'Other' Serbia discourses on identity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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