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Author Gordy, Eric D., 1966-

Title The culture of power in Serbia : nationalism and the destruction of alternatives / Eric D. Gordy.

Published University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  949.7103 GORD    AVAILABLE
Physical description 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Post-Communist cultural studies series.
Post-Communist cultural studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [209]-218) and index.
Contents 1. An Approach to Everyday Life in Serbia -- 2. The Destruction of Political Alternatives -- 3. The Destruction of Information Alternatives -- 4. The Destruction of Musical Alternatives -- 5. The Destruction of Sociability -- Conclusion: Destroying and Maintaining Alternatives.
Summary How does the regime of Slobodan Milosevic and his Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) remain in power? Since legitimizing its power in 1990, the SPS has never received a majority of votes in an election. Furthermore, it has been defeated in three military conflicts, produced more than 500,000 refugees, presided over the most extreme hyperinflation in modern times, and failed in its original defining promise to see "all Serbs in one state." In The Culture of Power in Serbia, Eric Gordy explores how the Milosevic government prolongs its tenure despite failures and setbacks that would have brought down most other regimes.
Gordy finds the answer in everyday life. The Milosevic regime has largely succeeded in making alternatives to its rule unavailable. By controlling key aspects of daily life, including politics, media, and popular music, it has undermined opposition by closing off alternative voices. The result is an atmosphere in which people feel they have lost control over their private life and cultural environment.
Nevertheless, Gordy finds reason to be optimistic about the long-term prospects for Serbia. The regime's forays into popular music have largely failed, and it has had only partial success in controlling the media, suggesting that the present strategy will not work forever. In Gordy's judgment, the Milosevic regime has a limited future.
The Culture of Power in Serbia provides fresh perspective for readers interested in contemporary Eastern Europe, in the strategies and tactics of authoritarian regimes, in the sociology of everyday life, and in the political potential of culture.
Subject Nationalism -- Yugoslavia -- Serbia -- History -- 20th century.
Totalitarianism -- History -- 20th century.
Serbia -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Serbia -- Politics and government -- 1945-
ISBN 0271019573 (cloth : alkaline paper)
0271019581 (paperback: alkaline paper)