Review: "Elites, Narratives, and Nationalist Mobilization in the Former Yugoslavia: A Review Essay"

Title:
Review: "Elites, Narratives, and Nationalist Mobilization in the Former Yugoslavia: A Review Essay"
Authors:
Vujacic, Veljko
Abstract:
This article reviews four recent books on nationalist mobilization and ethnic violence in the former Yugoslavia. The focus on political elites as instigators of ethnic conflict is too narrow. A fully adequate causal explanation of ethnic violence requires closer attention to contextual factors, especially competing nationalist narratives as elaborated by religious and secular intellectual elites. Because nationalist myths, symbols, and narratives play a greater role in nationalist mobilization than in class or issue-specific politics, causal explanations of nationalist mobilization must satisfy Weber's requirement of "adequacy on the level of meaning." Theoretically driven generalizations have a limited explanatory potential in explaining specific instances of nationalist mobilization.
Citation:
Vujacic, Veljko. 2007. "Elites, narratives, and nationalist Mobilization in the Former Yugoslavia: A Review Essay." Comparative Politics 40(1): 103-124.
Publisher:
City University of New York, Political Science Program
DATE ISSUED:
2007
Department:
Sociology
Type:
review
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310435

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dc.contributor.authorVujacic, Veljkoen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:33:02Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:33:02Z-
dc.date.issued2007en
dc.identifier.citationVujacic, Veljko. 2007. "Elites, narratives, and nationalist Mobilization in the Former Yugoslavia: A Review Essay." Comparative Politics 40(1): 103-124.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0010-4159en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310435-
dc.description.abstractThis article reviews four recent books on nationalist mobilization and ethnic violence in the former Yugoslavia. The focus on political elites as instigators of ethnic conflict is too narrow. A fully adequate causal explanation of ethnic violence requires closer attention to contextual factors, especially competing nationalist narratives as elaborated by religious and secular intellectual elites. Because nationalist myths, symbols, and narratives play a greater role in nationalist mobilization than in class or issue-specific politics, causal explanations of nationalist mobilization must satisfy Weber's requirement of "adequacy on the level of meaning." Theoretically driven generalizations have a limited explanatory potential in explaining specific instances of nationalist mobilization.en_US
dc.publisherCity University of New York, Political Science Programen_US
dc.subject.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.titleReview: "Elites, Narratives, and Nationalist Mobilization in the Former Yugoslavia: A Review Essay"en_US
dc.typereviewen_US
dc.identifier.journalComparative Politicsen_US
dc.identifier.volume40en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
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