‘Stabilising the Balkans’

A Review of Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics After Yugoslavia, edited by Srećko Horvat and Igor Štiks

In: Historical Materialism
Author: Jeta Mulaj 1
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  • 1 Department of Philosophy, DePaul University

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Abstract

This review essay discusses Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics After Yugoslavia. This volume, edited by Srećko Horvat and Igor Štiks, critiques a reductive neoliberal narrative regarding the Balkans in relation to Western Europe by examining the disastrous consequences of the transition of post-socialist countries to capitalism. The volume provides a critical engagement with socialist Yugoslavia and an affirmation of the possibilities of radical anti-capitalist struggles. This review examines the critique of transition politics by focusing on concepts of stability, racism and questions of temporality.

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