Strategies of symbolic nation-building in West Balkan states

Strategies of symbolic nation-building in West Balkan states: intents and results

About the project

The creation of national identities in the Western Balkan states is still a “work in progress”.  How, and to what extent, do the citizens of these states respond to their political leaderships’ attempts to create, co-opt or stimulate symbolic interpretations of the past?

Objectives

The objective of this project is to determine the strategies, strength and effectiveness of symbolic nation-building in the Western Balkans.

In a first step the variations of nation-building activities will be mapped in Albania and the new states in the former Yugoslavia, using existing sources of information and data.

In a second step the impact of the various nation-building strategies will be measured and compared using new survey data.

Outcomes

Surveys were carried out in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania in the second half of 2011, click on the links below to see the results:

Albania

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatia

Kosovo

Macedonia

Montenegro

Serbia

Below link to the fiiles in SAV-format:

Albania

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatia

Kosovo

Macedonia

Montenegro

Serbia

We encourage the use of the survey results! Please credit the project in all articles / writings.

Publications presenting the findings of the project participants can be expected in 2013

Background

For further information about the project consult this document

Financing

The project is supported by the Norwegian Research Council.

Cooperation

The project is a joint undertaking by the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages of the University of Oslo and the Department of Culture studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka.

The Political Science Research Centre in Zagreb will assist with work on the surveys. The market research firm IPSOS is contracted to carry out the surveys.

An additional eight scholars from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo participate in the project. Click here for full list of participants.

"Strategies of Symbolic Nation-Building in South Eastern Europe", collection of essays, edited by Pål Kolstø.