Discusses Serbia's struggle for democratic values after the fall of the MiloA'evia regime provoked by the NATO war, and after the trauma caused by the secession of Kosovo. Are the value systems of the post-MiloA'evia era true stumbling blocks of a delayed transition of this country? Seventeen contributors from Norway, Serbia, Italy, Germany, Poland and some other European countries covered a broad range of topics in order to provide answers to this question. The subjects of their investigations were national myths and symbols, history textbooks, media, film, religion, inter-ethnic dialogue, transitional justice, political party agendas and other related themes. The authors of the essays represent different scholarly disciplines whose theoretical conceptions and frameworks are employed in order to analyze two alternative value systems in Serbia: liberal, cosmopolitan and civic on the one hand, and traditional, provincial, nationalist on the other.
Ola Listhaug is Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Sabrina P. Ramet is Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Dragana Dulia is Professor of ethics and social and human sciences at the Faculty of Security, University of Belgrade, and member of the Legal Council of the President of Serbia.
Preface Part One - Introduction 1. Serbia's Corrupt Path to the Rule of Law: An Introduction 2. Serbia after MiloA'evia: The Rebirth of a Nation Part Two - Political and Social Values 3. Serbian Civic Values in a European Context 4. The EU in the Values and Expectations of Serbia: Challenges, Opportunities, and Confrontations 5. Orthodox Values and Modern Necessities: Serbian Orthodox Clergy and Laypeople on Democracy, Human Rights, Transition, and Globalization 6. The Social Values of Serbian Youth Part Three - Media and Films 7. The Post-2000 Media Situation in Serbia 8. We All Live Two Lives: Serbian Cinema & Changing Values in Post Yugoslavia Part Four - Schools, Gender, and Nationalism 9. Value Changes in the Interpretations of History in Serbia 10. Nationalism as a Religion: Examples from Contemporary Serbia 11. Engendering Transitional Justice: Political Responsibility in Serbia Part Five - Kosovo as Myth and as Politics 12. Dead Kings and National Myths: Why Myths of Founding and Martyrdom Are Important 13. Discursive Practices and Semiotic Representations: Serbian Rhetoric about Montenegro and Kosovo 14. Kosovo in Serbian Politics since MiloA'evia 15. Inter-ethnic Dialogue between Serbs and Albanians in Serbia/Kosovo, 1996-2008 Part Six - Conclusion 16. The Power of Values (A conclusion) List of Contributors Index