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Birgit Bock-Luna
The Past in Exile
Serbian Long-Distance Nationalism and Identity in the Wake of the Third Balkan War
Reihe: Forum Europäische Ethnologie
Bd. 9, 2007, 264 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-8258-9752-9

In this study of identity politics, memory and long-distance nationalism among Serbian migrants in California, the author examines the complicated ways in which visions of the past are used to form Diaspora subjects and make claims to the homeland in the present. Drawing on extended fieldwork in the San Francisco Bay Area community, she shows how the Yugoslav wars generated a revaluation Serbian history and personal life stories, resulting in the strengthening of ethnic identity. Nevertheless, strategies for dealing with rupture and change also included contestation of exile nationalism.

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