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By Ola Listhaug

Discusses Serbia s fight for democratic values after the autumn of the Milosevic regime provoked through the NATO battle, and after the trauma as a result of the secession of Kosovo. Are the worth structures of the post-Milosevic period real hindrances of a behind schedule transition of this state? Seventeen members from Norway, Serbia, Italy, Germany, Poland and a few different ecu international locations lined a vast diversity of subject matters so one can offer solutions to this query. the topics in their investigations have been nationwide myths and emblems, heritage textbooks, media, movie, faith, inter-ethnic discussion, transitional justice, political get together agendas and different comparable issues.

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The coexistence of these two political blocs within Serbian society generates significant political fault lines, reflective of the incomplete nature of democratic order in the country. Changes in the Value System Due to the internal fragmentation of the Serbian state, devolving regulatory activities to a wide variety of public and private bodies and hybrid arrangements, as well as the absence of credible institutions such as academies, universities, and public opinion, there is an acute problem of the lack of a system of moral values.

The media, state-run, and independent institutions have done little to inform and enlighten the Serbian populace, and are quite reluctant to revisit the past. 36 Civic 1 Part one:Ideologies minta 34 12/7/10 1:27 PM Dragana Dulić Page 34 Nor has Christian compassion inspired the Orthodox Church to demonstrate a substantial interest in the horrific crimes perpetrated, to examine or account for the way in which nationalist passions fed on religious feeling. 37 Without the exchange of thoughts or ideas, and without a clearly articulated analysis of narrative self-image, all individual and collective identity constructs will be forced towards their worst possible historical variants.

13 The great part of the analysis was done by Latinka Perović, and it is quite appropriate to apply her conclusions to Serbia’s actual situation. According to Perović’s insightful account,14 “conservative elites” in opposition to “democratic elites,” are responsible for the absence of vigorous and genuine modernization in Serbian and Yugoslav history. , National Socialism— narodnjački socijalizam) and to turn inward instead of following the path of modernization. Like their peasant constituents, they regarded with intense suspicion those elements of modernity that seemed to upset the patriarchal and agrarian routine of their lives instead of direct- Civic 1 Part one:Ideologies minta 26 12/7/10 1:27 PM Dragana Dulić Page 26 ing the national project toward the emancipative tendencies of enlightenment and modernity.

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