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The politics of performance: transnationalism and its limits in former Yugoslav popular music, 1999-2004

Baker, C.; (2006) The politics of performance: transnationalism and its limits in former Yugoslav popular music, 1999-2004. Ethnopolitics , 5 (3) pp. 275-293. 10.1080/17449050600911075. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper examines transnational relations between the Yugoslav successor states from the point of view of popular music, and demonstrates how transnational musical figures (such as Djordje Balascaronevicacute, Momccaronilo Bajagicacute-Bajaga and Ceca Razcaronnatovicacute) are interpreted as symbolic reference points in national ethnopolitical discourse in the process of identity construction. Another symbolic function is served by Serbian turbofolk artists, who in Croatia serve as a cultural resource to distance oneself from a musical genre associated by many urban Croats with the ruralization (and Herzegovinization) of Croatian city space. In addition, value judgements associated with both Serbian and Croatian newly composed folk music provide an insight into the transnational negotiation of conflicting identities in the ex-Yugoslav context. Ultimately the paper shows how the ethnonational boundaries established by nationalizing ideologies created separate cultural spaces which themselves have been transnationalized after Yugoslavia's disintegration.

Type:Article
Title:The politics of performance: transnationalism and its limits in former Yugoslav popular music, 1999-2004
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1080/17449050600911075
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449050600911075
Language:English
Keywords:Civil Wars & Ethnic Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Ethnicity, Nationalism
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES

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