Mythologies and narratives of victimization pervade contemporary Croatia, set against the backdrop of militarized notions of masculinity and the political mobilization of religion and nationhood. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural Dalmatia in the Croatian-Bosnian border region, this book provides a unique account of the politics of ambiguous Europeanness from the perspective of those living at Europe's margins. Examining phenomena such as Marian apparitions, a historic knights tournament, the symbolic re-signification of a massacre site, and the desolate social situation of Croatian war veterans, Narrating Victimhood traces the complex mechanisms of political radicalization in a post-war scenario. This book provides a new perspective for understanding the ongoing processes of transformation in Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.
Michaela Schaeuble is Lecturer in Social and Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Since 2011 she has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University and the Institute of Advanced Studies at Bologna University.
List of Figures Preface Acknowledgements Notes on the Text Introduction Chapter 1. (In-)Subordination at the Margins of Europe Chapter 2. Marian Devotion in Times of War Chapter 3. Re-Visions of History through Landscape Chapter 4. Of War Heroes, Martyrs, and Invalids Chapter 5. Mobilising Local Reserves Concluding Remarks Glossary Bibliography Index