Yugoslavia violently disintegrated in the early 1990s, but its myth survives an inexistent nation through the phenomenon of Yugonostalgia. Continuation of Yugoslavian culture beyond its times has been the subject of recent research, predominantly on the territories of the former nation; however, this thesis focuses on Yugonostalgia in the Yugoslav Detroit Diaspora. A framework is formed with theories of imagined communities, collective memory, ethics of memory, nostalgia, and Diaspora in order to explain the formation of such a phenomenon. The author conducted field research in Detroit, United States as to apply the theoretical framework to the community at hand. Furthermore, Yugonostalgia is not only used as a memory tool, but a form of reconciliation between adversarial ethnicities, where they meeting, thus eliminating lines bestowed during the Civil War. The author includes a multigenerational view in the manner of practice of Yugonostalgia to predict the survival of this phenomenon for decades to come in the Diaspora.
Key terms: Yugonostalgia, diaspora, nostalgia, memory, Detroit
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Department:||International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Detroit, Ethnic reconciliation, Michigan, Nostalgia, Yugoslav diaspora|
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