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Frontiers of Civil Society: Government and Hegemony in Serbia

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Frontiers of Civil Society

Government and Hegemony in Serbia

Marek Mikuš

358 pages, 12 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-890-8 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (June 2018)

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“A significant contribution to a number of fields—postsocialist “transition” studies, the emerging forms of social organization in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, and debates about civil society. It is welcome on all those fronts, and contributes via a strong combination of very rich empirical work in Serbia and a commitment to theorizing the patterns, relations, and formations that the fieldwork reveals.” • John Clarke, The Open University


In Serbia, as elsewhere in postsocialist Europe, the rise of “civil society” was expected to support a smooth transformation to Western models of liberal democracy and capitalism. More than twenty years after the Yugoslav wars, these expectations appear largely unmet. Frontiers of Civil Society asks why, exploring the roles of multiple civil society forces in a set of government “reforms” of society and individuals in the early 2010s, and examining them in the broader context of social struggles over neoliberal restructuring and transnational integration.

Marek Mikuš is a Research Fellow in the Financialization Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Lecturer at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. He has been previously a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the Comenius University in Bratislava and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz.

Subject: Sociology Political Economy Postwar History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


List of Figures


Chapter 1. Historicizing ‘Civil Society’: Hegemonic Struggles and State Transformation after Tito
Chapter 2. ‘Europeanization’ and the Liberal Civil Society
Chapter 3. The Counterhegemonic Project of the Nationalist Civil Society
Chapter 4. The Rise of ‘Partnerships’ and the Politics of Transparency
Chapter 5. Welfare Restructuring and ‘Traditional’ Organizations of People with Disabilities
Chapter 6. Philanthropy Development: Indigenizing ‘Civil Society’, Reshaping the Public Realm
Chapter 7. Public Advocacy: Engaging Actually Existing Local Politics



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