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Southeast European Studies: Southeast European Studies


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The Balkans are a region of Europe widely associated over the past decades with violence and war. Beyond this violence, the region has experienced rapid change in recent times though, including democratization, economic and social transformation. New scholarship is emerging which seeks to move away from the focus on violence alone to an understanding of the region in a broader context drawing on new empirical research.

The Southeast European Studies Series seeks to provide a forum for this new scholarship. Publishing cutting-edge, original research and contributing to a more profound understanding of Southeastern Europe while focusing on contemporary perspectives the series aims to explain the past and seeks to examine how it shapes the present. Focusing on original empirical research and innovative theoretical perspectives on the region the series includes original monographs and edited collections. It is interdisciplinary in scope, publishing high-level research in political science, history, anthropology, sociology, law and economics and accessible to readers interested in Southeast Europe and beyond.

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Intangible Cultural Heritage and Reconciliation in the Western Balkans An Anthropological perspective

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Reconciliation in the Western Balkans: An Anthropological perspective

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Miloš Milenković
August 01, 2024

This book considers the sensitive heritage elements linked to the very issue of the origins of nations. Beliefs, rituals, and traditional knowledge are examples of intangible cultural heritage (ICH), which communities globally regard as the core of their cultural identity. When it is unclear which ...

Participatory Democratic Innovations in Southeast Europe How to Engage in Flawed Democracies

Participatory Democratic Innovations in Southeast Europe: How to Engage in Flawed Democracies

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Irena Fiket, Čedomir Markov, Vujo Ilić, Gazela Pudar Draško
April 08, 2024

This volume strengthens the dialogue between conceptual perspectives, approaches, and fields on deliberative and participatory forms of democratic innovation and offers novel insights, focusing on the Southeast European space. Traditional forms of participation seem insufficient in satisfying the ...

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

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

1st Edition

Edited By Sanja S. Petkovska
December 12, 2023

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 ...

The Balkan Route Hope, Migration and Europeanisation in Liminal Spaces

The Balkan Route: Hope, Migration and Europeanisation in Liminal Spaces

1st Edition

By Robert Rydzewski
November 17, 2023

This book is an ethnography of the people migrating through the Balkan route and the reaction of the local communities who witnessed their struggle to reach the European Union (EU). Based on extensive fieldwork conducted in North Macedonia and Serbia, it pays special attention to the “refugee ...

Migration, EU Integration and the Balkan Route

Migration, EU Integration and the Balkan Route

1st Edition

Edited By Marko Kmezić, Alexandra Prodromidou, Pavlos Gkasis
May 15, 2020

Contributing to our understanding of the impact of the 2015 migrant “crisis” on the future of EU integration, this book views the “crisis” as an accelerant to existing problems, namely Brexit, the growing popularity of anti-immigrant far right parties and the rise of xenophobic and antiliberal ...

The Media as a Tool of International Intervention House of Cards

The Media as a Tool of International Intervention: House of Cards

1st Edition

By Nidžara Ahmetašević
September 12, 2023

This book explores the role of external powers and international organisations in media assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through analysis of key documents, media reports and interviews with key participants it examines the main actors, their roles and the way in which they influenced the media...

Balkan Fighters in the Syrian War

Balkan Fighters in the Syrian War

1st Edition

By Tanja Dramac Jiries
May 31, 2023

This book analyses the process of the recruitment of foreign fighters from the Western Balkans, specifically Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, to Syria and Iraq from 2012 to 2015. Utilizing in-depth, semi-structured interviews with foreign fighters and their families, as well as a number of ...

Memory Politics and Populism in Southeastern Europe

Memory Politics and Populism in Southeastern Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Jody Jensen
January 09, 2023

This book explores the politics of memory in Southeastern Europe in the context of rising populisms and their hegemonic grip on official memory and politics. It speaks to the increased political, media and academic attention paid to the rise of discontent, frustration and cultural resistance from ...

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

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

1st Edition

By Sandra King-Savic
September 26, 2022

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 ...

Peace and Security in the Western Balkans A Local Perspective

Peace and Security in the Western Balkans: A Local Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Nemanja Džuverović, Věra Stojarová
August 16, 2022

This book outlines the main security threats, actors, and processes in the Western Balkans following the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Exploring the state of peace and security in the region it asks if a stable peace is achievable. The comparative framework explores state perspectives – from ...

Social Mobilization Beyond Ethnicity Civic Activism and Grassroots Movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Social Mobilization Beyond Ethnicity: Civic Activism and Grassroots Movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina

1st Edition

By Chiara Milan
November 27, 2019

This book offers an in-depth investigation of the emergence and spread of social mobilizations that transcend ethnicity in societies violently divided along ethno-national lines. Using Bosnia Herzegovina as a case study, the book explores episodes of mobilization which have superseded ...

The Politics of Memory of the Second World War in Contemporary Serbia Collaboration, Resistance and Retribution

The Politics of Memory of the Second World War in Contemporary Serbia: Collaboration, Resistance and Retribution

1st Edition

By Jelena Đureinović
November 20, 2019

Exploring the concepts of collaboration, resistance, and postwar retribution and focusing on the Chetnik movement, this book analyses the politics of memory. Since the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević in 2000, memory politics in Serbia has undergone drastic changes in the way in which the Second ...

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