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'They're so into it': Perceptions of 'Religion', Orthodoxy and Belonging in Post-Yugoslav Serbia

Lackenby, Nicholas; (2022) 'They're so into it': Perceptions of 'Religion', Orthodoxy and Belonging in Post-Yugoslav Serbia. e-Rhizome , 3 (2) pp. 86-102. 10.5507/rh.2021.006. Green open access

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Abstract

Much has been written about how people embraced new religious identities following the collapse of socialist regimes. This article argues that it is also important to consider the perspective of those (sometimes sceptical) people who may be less eager to participate in new, emergent forms of embodied religious practice. In the ethnographic context of post-Yugoslav Serbia, I ask how 'religion' is perceived, constituted, and evaluated from the sidelines. How do local perceptions of what 'religion' is connect - and collide - with wider ethno-moral communities? I make this argument through a close analysis of an interview with a female interlocutor, a woman who - whilst declaring herself to be unambiguously 'Serbian' and 'Orthodox' - is uncertain about the religious transformations that she sees happening around her. Anthropologists must attend to the positionality of people who may feel at once related to and detached from societal transformations, and how they make sense of such changes in their own terms.

Type: Article
Title: 'They're so into it': Perceptions of 'Religion', Orthodoxy and Belonging in Post-Yugoslav Serbia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5507/rh.2021.006
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5507/rh.2021.006
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 Palacký University, Olomouc. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/).
Keywords: Orthodox Christianity, postsocialism, religious change, Serbia
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10163533
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