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The call is coming from inside the house: researching race after Yugoslavia in ‘post-post-racial’ times

Baker, Catherine

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Abstract

This chapter sets efforts to research race in the (post-)Yugoslav region in the context of what Kimberlé Crenshaw has termed today’s ‘post-post-racial’ times, in which progressives who might have believed that global society was on an inevitable course towards overcoming racism have now had to confront its open resurgence. From the perspectives of Crenshaw and other critical race scholars whose work has opened up new possibilities to understand south-east Europe within the global politics of race, however, the persistence of structural racism as a historical legacy of colonialism and the enslavement of Africans means that the ‘post-racial’ moment was already an illusion. Movements to ‘decolonise the university’ and its knowledge production, which have significantly influenced my own working environment as a white anglophone scholar of south-east Europe in the UK, share this structural perspective. The chapter explains the significance of these movements, and struggles in related disciplines to confront sympathies with white supremacism, for researching race after Yugoslavia in a moment where Islamophobic narratives justifying violence against Muslims in the region have become points of identification for the far right worldwide.

Citation

Baker, C. (2021). The call is coming from inside the house: researching race after Yugoslavia in ‘post-post-racial’ times. In Researching Yugoslavia and Its Aftermath: Sources, Prejudices and Alternative Solutions (253-272). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70343-1_12

Acceptance Date Dec 22, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 15, 2021
Publication Date Jun 16, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 22, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 16, 2023
Pages 253-272
Series Title Societies and Political Orders in Transition
Book Title Researching Yugoslavia and Its Aftermath: Sources, Prejudices and Alternative Solutions
ISBN 9783030703424
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70343-1_12
Keywords Southeastern Europe; Former Yugoslavia; Balkan studies; Qualtitative methodology; Research methodology in political science; Post-Cold War conflicts; Yugoslav history; Biased historical reconstruction
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3681685
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-030-70343-1_12
Additional Information Editors of volume: Carlos González Villa and Branislav Radeljić