1st Edition

Forging Transnational Belonging through Informal Trade Thriving Markets in Times of Crisis

By Sandra King-Savic Copyright 2021
    198 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Analyzing informal trading practices and smuggling through the case study of Novi Pazar, this book explores how societies cope when governments no longer assume the responsibility for providing welfare to their citizens.

    How do economic transnational practices shape one’s sense of belonging in times of crisis/precarity? Specifically, how does the collapse of the Ottoman Empire – and the subsequent migration of the Muslim Slav population to Turkey – relate to the Yugoslav Succession Wars during the 1990s? Using the case study of Novi Pazar, a town in Serbia that straddles the borders of Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo that became a smuggling hub during the Yugoslav conflict, the book focuses on that informal market economy as a prism through which to analyze the strengthening of existing relations between the émigré community in Turkey and the local Bosniak population in the Sandžak region.

    Demonstrating the interactive nature of relations between the state and local and émigré communities, this book will be of interest to scholars and students interested in Southeastern Europe or the Yugoslav Succession Wars of the 1990s, as well as social anthropologists who are working on social relations and deviant behavior.

    Introduction - Šverceri, People Like You and Me

    Part I

    Chapter 1 - Narrating History through the Prism of Šverc

    Part II

    Chapter 2 - The ‘Inner Logic’ of Transnational Relations

    Chapter 3 - Novi Pazar as a Mnemonic Nucleus for the Transmission of Memory

    Part III

    Chapter 4 - Recontextualizing Narratives of Šverc Within the Discourse of Economic Collapse

    Chapter 5 - Speaking about the Practice of Šverc


    Methodological Considerations

    Appendix – Questionnaire


    Sandra King-Savic is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). She served as a human rights educator for Amnesty International, and conducted research for the Foreign Military Studies Office at the University of Kansas (KU) before receiving a Swiss National Foundation scholarship for her dissertation on the transversal relationship between migration and informal markets.