Neuerscheinung: Populism the Serbian Way

18.01.2018 (13:10)

Neues Buch von Graduiertenschulen-Fellow Dubravka Stojanović über Populismus in Serbien erschienen

Serbien als Orientierungshilfe für Westeuropa? In Sachen Populismus und dessen Auswirkungen schon, wie Prof. Dubravka Stojanović, PhD, Honorary Research Associate der Graduiertenschule, in ihrem neuen Buch darlegt. Der unter anderem während ihrer Zeit als Gastwissenschaftlerin der Graduiertenschule in Regensburg entstandene Essayband zeigt die Entstehung und die Mechanismen des serbischen Populismus auf. In Zeiten des aufstrebenden Populismus in Westeuropa und den USA gewinnt das Buch durch die Einordnung in den europäischen Kontext an besonderer Aktualität.

Prof. Dubravka Stojanović, PhD, die an der Universität Belgrad an der Philosophischen Fakultät lehrt, war von Juni-Juli sowie August-September 2017 Gastwissenschaftlerin der Graduiertenschule in Regensburg. Im Vorwort des Bandes bedankt sie sich für die Gastfreundschaft, insbesondere bei Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, dem Regensburger Sprecher der Graduiertenschule, und Dr. Heidrun Hamersky, der dortigen Geschäftsführerin.

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Finally, one thing in which the Balkans have had an advantage over Europe! Populism. Ever since that word entered general circulation, I have been getting ready to proclaim Serbia, and perhaps the entire Balkans, the vanguard of populism. To show that even we excel in something, that even we can explain to someone what’s waiting for them, what you – latecomers – have to expect, and how you might proceed!

The beginning of populism in Serbia dates from the early 1870s, from the populist socialism of Svetozar Marković and the radicalism of Nikola Pašić. After this, such regimes reproduced themselves, with very short intervals, in the course of the 20th century, through socialism, Milošević, all the way to Aleksandar Vučić. That is what gives me that superiority I mentioned at the beginning, because I have that know-how which you are just beginning to acquire.

What are the conclusions? Populism is not a codified ideology, it can be right-wing or left-wing, but its key characteristic is collectivist emotion which sucks in every individual, which crushes every pluralism. A populist movement always speaks in the name of an entire people, and the possibility that you can remain outside and think differently is excluded. It is a deception – it originates from economic and social embitterment as a movement against the establishment, but it will, in the end, additionally impoverish the population and substantially enrich the élite. As identity politics, it is a monistic and essentialist call to be, as the Brexiteers would say, one’s own man in one’s own country. How familiar that sounds to us!

 

Dubrovka Stojanović: Populism the Serbian Way, Belgrad: Peščanik 2017.

1. Auflage 2017
212 Seiten
ISBN: 978-86-86391-32-2

Cover: © 2017 – PEŠČANIK

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