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Die Gegenwart der Vergangenheit: ethniches Kollektiv zwischen organischer Solidarität und Kollektivitäterschaft
Present Past: Ethnic Collective Between Organic Solidarity and Collective Actions

Author(s): Bodo Weber
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Centar za multikulturalnost
Keywords: Present past; social crises transformation; collective subjective categories; national ideologies; collective actions; ethnonationalism

Summary/Abstract: Present past, the ever existing history in the public mind represents the central moment of social crises transformation. Th e theoratical aproach of Detlev Claussen, his reflection about the changed character of modern ideologies, about the relation between ideology change, everyday mind and the imortance of collective subjective categories, is very useful. Claussen’s thoughts on the ideology and mind transformation criticly change the view on ethnic decadence of Yu society, which is an important example of global importance of subjective collective categories at the end of 20th century. Ethnonationalism, it’s social importance can be explaned through it’s possible social function. In this sense the ethnic nationalism is different from the the national ideologies of the 19th century. The same goes for the regions such as Balkan, where the complete lack of civil socety shaped the national ideologies. The social theoretic deshifring of the social crime and coruption in Serbia is hidden behind the collective actions. Th is informal collective transformation produces one specific pattern of intolerant personality, which is able to easily integrate public loyalty to the collective and brutal pursuing of egoistic interests. In the end, from this perspective, a question arisses wether the present Serbian society is, under ubove described circumstances, able to stop the process of collective autodestriction without at the same time facing it’s recent past.

  • Issue Year: VI/2005
  • Issue No: 11-12
  • Page Range: 112-129
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: German