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Below peace agreements: everyday nationalism or everyday peace?

Kostovicova, Denisa ORCID: 0000-0002-6243-4379, Sokolić, Ivor ORCID: 0000-0003-1450-8377 and Fridman, Orli (2019) Below peace agreements: everyday nationalism or everyday peace? Nations and Nationalism. ISSN 1354-5078 (In Press)

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Focusing on the case study of Kosovo, this themed section analyzes how national identities are engaged, reinforced and transformed through everyday practices and processes after conflict. It explores everyday nationalism by interrogating the emancipatory potential of human agency, its reflexivity of practice, and the normativity of bottom-up action. This study makes three contributions. First, it shows that the symbols, performances, and discourses of everyday nationalism are dynamic, and can be top-down and bottom-up. They can be co-opted by elites, fuel ethnic divisions, aid peacebuilding, and give voice to marginalized discourses, sometimes simultaneously. Second, it demonstrates that everyday nationalism is an analytically relevant concept before, during, and after conflict. Third, the articles broaden the qualitative analysis of everyday nationalism, previously dominated by anthropological work, by exploring the formal and informal practices from a variety of disciplines. The themed section highlights the value to studies of everyday nationalism of interdisciplinary work, which furthers investigation of processes of identity construction and their effects that straddle politics, culture, art, international relations, and much more.

Item Type: Article
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Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 10:51
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 00:11

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