1st Edition

Decolonial Politics in European Peripheries Redefining Progressiveness, Coloniality and Transition Efforts

Edited By Sanja S. Petkovska Copyright 2024
    334 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Decolonial Politics in European Peripheries: Redefining Progressiveness, Coloniality and Transition Efforts is a timely contribution to the project of theorizing “Europe” through decolonial perspectives on the Left, as the European and global crisis has prompted new reflections on what it means to sit still at the European “peripheries”.

    The book explores how the joint scholarship efforts of postcolonial and postsocialist scholars might come up with better-grounded and more detailed theoretical and methodological insights into the process of globalization, and subsequent peripheralization, if framed under a progressive and leftist perspective. The authors, many from the South-East Europe region, use a variety of analytical lenses to demonstrate how the nexus of postcolonial, postsocialist area studies and progressive developmental political thought could inspire changes in the future which are in dissonance with neoliberal and neoconservative capitalism. As the side effects of global capitalism continue to accelerate, scholars and activists in the postsocialist periphery are increasingly turning to the concept of decoloniality in the hope that it might offer more options on how to begin to build up their framework. This book offers numerous examples of how decolonial theory can be applied to activist work in the fight against austerity and neoliberalization, as well as examples of how decolonial critique can be mobilized to contest processes of Europeanization and Euro-Atlantic integration.

    This book will intrigue students and scholars of critical social scholarship in general as well as postsocialism and postcolonialism, critiques of right populism and the rise of white nationalism in Europe, and those studying the regions of South-Eastern Europe and Eurasia more generally. It will also interest activists, organizers, decision-makers, policy analysts, and leftists, both in the region and internationally.


    Sanja S. Petkovska

    Part I: Is There a Way Out of the Boomerang of Postsocialism?

    1. Production of Knowledge, Class Struggle, and the Postsocialist Condition

    Sven Cvek

    2. Conceptualizing the Inequalities in Knowledge Production and Drawing the Prospects for Postsocialist Studies

    Sanja S. Petkovska

    Part II: Decolonizing Perspectives on Migration and Leftist Politics and Policies

    3. Care Extractivism in Migration Flows from Postsocialist to Southern Europe and Care Municipalism as a Decolonizing Project

    Angelina Kussy and Łukasz Moll

    4. Postsocialist Migration from North Macedonia: The Case of “Work and Travel” Students in the USA. Is the American Dream Still Alive?

    Irena Avirovic Bundalevska

    5. Neocolonial Migration Policies, EU Resilience, and the Role of Greece: Critique and the Possibility of Alternatives

    Costas Gousis and Alkisti Prepi

    6. Decolonizing Forced Migration Studies: Notes from Borderlands

    Nergis Canefe

    Part III: Intersectional Decolonization and a Struggle for Recognition and Empowerment

    7. Beyond Multiculturalism: Minority Intellectuals in the Postsocialist Predicament of Southeast Europe

    Francesco Trupia

    8. “Thank You For Not Attending”: The Relevance of the Issue of Sociocultural Inequalities in the Process of Reforming Cultural Policy in Post-Milošević Serbia

    Ivana Vesić

    9. “Slaves in Our Country”: Postcolonialism or Neocolonialism? Dynamics of Nationalism in Romania and the Rise of the Populist Right

    Valentin Quintus Nicolescu

    Part IV: Coming to Terms with the Nation(s) Again

    10. Leadership Rent and Patronage in the EU Global Strategy Evolution

    Oxana Karnaukhova

    11. Conservative Use of Postcolonial Rhetotic: The Polish and Czech Cases

    Ondřej Slačálek

    12. “Beautiful!!! And a Bit Scary”: The Visitors’ Comments at the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in Skopje and the Reception of History and Memory Narratives in North Macedonia (2011–2014)

    Naum Trajanovski and Ivana Hadjievska

    13. From “Air War” to “Partnership for Peace”: NATO’s Relations with Serbia from the Left Perspective

    Goran Marković and Ivica Mladenović

    Part V: Rethinking the Transition Model and Imagining the Different Future Politics of the Former Socialist Countries

    14. No Escape from Coloniality? Comparing Geopolitical (Self-)imagination in the Former Soviet Periphery

    Philipp Lottholz and Polina Manolova

    15. A Colonial Expedition in the Balkans: Ethnography as Primitive Accumulation During the First World War

    Christina Novakov-Ritchey

    16. Colonies in Interwar Europe? The Balkan Communist Parties as Precursors of Anticolonialism

    Stefan Gužvica


    Sanja S. Petkovska obtained a PhD degree in Cultural Studies from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and previous academic degrees in Cultural Sociology and Adult Education from the Faculty of Philosophy at the same university. She works at the Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research in Belgrade, Serbia, as a Research Fellow and her research revolves around the domains of critical theory, human–animal relations, knowledge production, cultural studies, violence, and public policies.