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Societies and Spaces in Contact

Between Convergence and Divergence

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Edited By Milan Bufon, Tove H. Malloy and Colin Williams

This volume represents an inter-disciplinary discussion of some fundamental categories of convergence and divergence, focusing in particular on issues of both social integration and devolution related to ethnos as the space of identity, and demos as the space of polity. The aims of the book are to assess past developments within crucial parts of Central Europe where both conflict and coexistence potentials seem to best represent the actual “unity in diversity” managing dilemma in the continent; to provide an analysis of current approaches to minority protection, language planning, spatial and social cross-border and inter-cultural policies; and to develop an evaluation of the future trends and opportunities for co-operation and re-integration within a local and broader operational context.

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Challenging Multicultural Diversity: Changing Trends of Ethnic Groups in Vojvodina after the Disintegration of Yugoslavia (Ksenija Perković)

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Ksenija Perković

Vojvodina and its parts have been at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Balkans, and its history is inseparably linked to life in the borderlands. However, the borders were often unstable and therefore easier to cross, which, among other things, allowed the immigration of people from different parts of the world. Although Vojvodina belonged to the so-called Central European area, communities from the Balkans often migrated to this area. Thus, the experience of Vojvodina could also be defined as an intertwining of the Central European space and Balkan nations. Living in the borderland between different historical, cultural and political features leads to the formation of a specific identity of ‘border nations’ based on ‘openness’ to others (Pušić and Marinković 2015, p. 480). Due to its border status and the intermingling of different nations and ←183 | 184→cultures, Vojvodina has often been described as a ‘transitional area’ between Central Europe and the Balkans, as its specific development meant that it did not really belong to either the Central European or the Balkan reality. It is precisely because of such a geopolitical position, where various historical and cultural borders of an unstable nature intersect, that Vojvodina has assumed the role of both Central European and the Balkan ‘other,’ especially in historical and political terms. Living ‘somewhere in between’ means being constantly in search of one’s own identity and at the same time, due to the indeterminate affiliation, constantly bearing the label of the ‘other’ (Pu...

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