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      Vjosa Musliu

Europeanization and Statebuilding as Everyday Practices

Performing Europe in the Western Balkans

This book provides a critical understanding of Europeanization and statebuilding in the Western Balkans, using the notion of everyday practices.


This volume argues that it is everyday and mundane events that provide the entry points to showcase a broader set of practices of Europeanization in countries outside the EU. Les mer
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This book provides a critical understanding of Europeanization and statebuilding in the Western Balkans, using the notion of everyday practices.


This volume argues that it is everyday and mundane events that provide the entry points to showcase a broader set of practices of Europeanization in countries outside the EU. It does this by tracing notions of Europeanization in the everyday statebuilding of Kosovo, Europe Day celebrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, urban politics in Tirana, and space and place making in Skopje. In doing so, the book shows that everyday events tell us that as much as it is about changing structures, institutions, and economic models, Europeanization is also about changing behaviours and ideas in populations at large. At the same time, the work shows that countries outside the EU use everyday events to perform their belonging to Europe.


This book will be of much interest to students of European Studies, Balkan politics, statebuilding, and International Relations generally.
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Forlag: Routledge
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 160
ISBN: 9780367360375
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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'This fiercely original book persuasively argues that focusing on the "low politics" of the everyday – festivals, parades, school textbooks, urban renewal projects – can tell us as much, if not more, about the cultural and political power of Europeanization as can the focus on the "high politics" of elite negotiations and legislation. Rich in detail and nuance, the book illuminates the many ways in which countries of the Western Balkans performed their fantasies of Europe and tried to assert their often-contested place in it.'-- Jelena Subotic, Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University, USA

'Vjosa Musliu's Europeanization and Statebuilding as Everyday Practices offers a brilliant interrogation of the seemingly quotidian but deeply racialized relations of power engendered by broader post-socialist and post-conflict Europeanization processes in the Western »

1. Europeanization as Statebuilding. Statebuilding as Europeanization. Everyday Performative Acts in the Western Balkans


2. Kosovo: a EUropean state is born


3. Fantasies of Islam and EUrope. The case of public intellectuals in Kosovo


4. Performing Europe through rainbow flags. Of LGBT politics in Pristina


5. Celebrating and Fantasizing EUrope in Sarajevo


6. "Tirana will not be Calcutta": European activities and aesthetics in Tirana


7. If only statues could talk! The making of European Macedonia through Skopje


8. Conclusion
Vjosa Musliu is Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium.