The Resource The sacrificed body : Balkan community building and the fear of freedom, Tatjana Aleksic

The sacrificed body : Balkan community building and the fear of freedom, Tatjana Aleksic

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The sacrificed body : Balkan community building and the fear of freedom
Title
The sacrificed body
Title remainder
Balkan community building and the fear of freedom
Statement of responsibility
Tatjana Aleksic
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Living in one of the world's most volatile regions, the people of the Balkans have witnessed unrelenting political, economic, and social upheaval. In response, many have looked to building communities, both psychologically and materially, as a means of survival in the wake of crumbling governments and states. The foundational structures of these communities often center on the concept of individual sacrifice for the good of the whole. Many communities, however, are hijacked by restrictive ideologies, turning them into a model of intolerance and exclusion. In The Sacrificed Body, Tatjana Aleksic examines the widespread use of the sacrificial metaphor in cultural texts and its importance to sustaining communal ideologies in the Balkan region. Aleksic further relates the theme to the sanctioning of ethnic cleansing, rape, and murder in the name of homogeneity and collective identity. Aleksic begins her study with the theme of the immurement of a live female body in the foundation of an important architectural structure, a trope she finds in texts from all over the Balkans. The male builders performing the sacrificial act have been called by a higher power who will ensure the durability of the structure and hence the patriarchal community as a whole. In numerous examples ranging from literature to film and performance art, Aleksic views the theme of sacrifice and its relation to exclusion based on gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, or politics for the sake of community building. According to Aleksic, the sacrifice narrative becomes most prevalent during times of crisis brought on by wars, weak governments, foreign threats, or even globalizing tendencies. Because crisis justifies the very existence of restrictive communities, communalist ideology thrives on its perpetuation. They exist in a symbiotic relationship. Aleksic also acknowledges the emancipatory potential of a genuine community, after it has shaken off its ideological character. Aleksic employs cultural theory, sociological analysis, and human rights studies to expose a historical narrative that is predominant regionally, if not globally. As she determines, in an era of both Western and non-Western neoliberalism, elitist hegemony will continue to both threaten and bolster communities along with their segregationist tactics."--
  • "Tatjana Aleksic examines the widespread use of the sacrificial metaphor in cultural texts and its importance to sustaining communal ideologies in the Balkan region. Aleksic further relates the theme to the sanctioning of ethnic cleansing, rape, and murder in the name of homogeneity and collective identity. She employs cultural theory, sociological analysis, and human rights studies to expose a historical narrative that is predominant regionally, if not globally"--
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Cataloging source
P@U
Dewey number
949.605
Index
index present
LC call number
DR45
LC item number
.A44 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies
Label
The sacrificed body : Balkan community building and the fear of freedom, Tatjana Aleksic
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn867741442
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781306553773
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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22573/ctt5g6mr4
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.b30773489
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)867741442
  • pebcs0822979136

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