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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 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

Description

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 Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale), and at the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin. He has previously been Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the Comenius University in Bratislava, and a Lecturer at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg.

Subject: General Anthropology Political Economy Postwar History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe



Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration
List of Acronyms

PART I: INTRODUCTIONS

Introduction: What and Whose Reform? Civil Society and Serbia's Endless Transition

Chapter 1. Historicizing ‘Civil Society’: Hegemonic Struggles and State Transformation after Tito

PART II: STRUGGLES OVER TRANSNATIONAL INTEGRATION

Chapter 2. ‘Europeanization’ and the Liberal Civil Society
Chapter 3. The Counterhegemonic Project of the Nationalist Civil Society

PART III: NEOLIBERALIZATION AT THE STATE-CIVIL SOCIETY FRONTIER

Chapter 4. The Rise of ‘Partnerships’ and the Politics of Transparency
Chapter 5. Welfare Restructuring and ‘Traditional’ Organizations of People with Disabilities

PART IV: LIBERAL CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE WIDER SOCIETY

Chapter 6. Philanthropy Development: Indigenizing ‘Civil Society’, Reshaping the Public Realm
Chapter 7. Public Advocacy: Engaging Actually Existing Local Politics

Conclusions

Epilogue: Civil Society and Hegemonic Re-alignments after Crisis

Bibliography
Index

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