Narrating Victimhood: Gender, Religion, and the Making of Place in Post-War Croatia

Schäuble, Michaela (2014). Narrating Victimhood: Gender, Religion, and the Making of Place in Post-War Croatia. New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books

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Mythologies and narratives of victimization pervade contemporary Croatia, set against the backdrop of militarized notions of masculinity and the political mobilization of religion and nationhood. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural Dalmatia in the Croatian-Bosnian border region, this book provides a unique account of the politics of ambiguous Europeanness from the perspective of those living at Europe's margins. Examining phenomena such as Marian apparitions, a historic knights tournament, the symbolic re-signification of a massacre site, and the desolate social situation of Croatian war veterans, Narrating Victimhood traces the complex mechanisms of political radicalization in a post-war scenario. This book provides a new perspective for understanding the ongoing processes of transformation in Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Schäuble, Michaela


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Berghahn Books




Lisa Alvarado Grefa

Date Deposited:

27 Aug 2014 17:03

Last Modified:

22 Jan 2020 11:25

Additional Information:

Paperback edition: 978-1-78533-740-6 (published 2017)


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