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The Politics of Identity and Difference

Edited by Jane K. Cowan

Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society

Explores the contemporary repercussions of the Macedonian Question, which has long been at the heart of Balkan politics.
Macedonia has been contested by its three neighbours – Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece – during and since the demise of the Ottoman Empire. But the Macedonian Question extends far beyond the contested borders of Macedonia to immigrant communities in Europe, Australia and North America. The contributors to this collection explore the contemporary repercussions of the Macedonian Question, which has long been at the heart of Balkan politics. The volume recognises Macedonia as a global issue, and focuses on the politics of identity and difference in both homeland and diaspora.

The contributors argue that Macedonia as place and as concept is forged within a transnational network of diasporas, local communities, states and international institutions. They examine the increasingly important role of transnational bodies – including the European Union and human rights NGOs – in regulating relationships between states and minority groups, as well as in promoting multiculturalism and civic participation. They consider the role of scholarship and the media in defining Macedonia and its inhabitants. They also draw attention to the struggles of individuals in constructing, negotiating and even transforming their identities in the face of competing nationalisms and memories. In the process, they re-evaluate ‘ethnicity’ as a conceptual tool for understanding difference in the region, and raise questions about the implications of recognising, and not recognising, difference at the political level.

Jane K. Cowan is the Professor of Anthropology in the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Sussex. She is the Associate Editor of the journal, Anthropological Theory and the author of Macedonia (Pluto Press, 2000).

Introduction: Macedonian Inflections by Jane K. Cowan and K. S. Brown
1. When Difference Matters: Sociopolitical Dimensions of Ethnicity in the District of Florina by Riki Van Boeschoten
2. Os Ellin Makedonas: National Identity between History and Memory in Western Greek Macedonia: by Piero Vereni
3. On the Other Side of the River: The Defeated Slavophones and Greek History by Iakovos D. Michailidis
4. How Can a Woman Give Birth to One Greek and One Macedonian? The Construction of National Identity among Immigrants to Australia from Northern Greece by Loring M. Danforth
5. Blessing the Water the Macedonian Way: Improvisations of Identity in Diaspora and in the Homeland by Jonathan M. Schwartz
6. In the Realm of the Double-Headed Eagle: Parapolitics in Macedonia, 1994-1999 by. K. S. Brown
7. Political Practices and Multiculturalism: The Case of Salonica by Georgios Agelopoulos
Published by Pluto Press in Dec 2000
Paperback ISBN: 9780745315898

135mm x 215mm