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Beyond Nostalgia

“Extrospective Introspections” of the Post-Yugoslav Memory of Socialism

Dalibor Mišina

’s generational (in the case of Orkestar ) sense of the self. The argument that I will pursue is that the socialist narrative in these documentaries cannot be taken as expressions of socialist nostalgia but ought to be understood as identity quests whose task, ultimately, is to come to terms with unsettled lives

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Dalibor Mišina

and even antisystemic in nature” (p. 280). This brings up the second takeaway that post-communist nostalgia is a misnomer in as much as it implies or suggests that lamenting socialism means nothing else or nothing more than wishing it back. The book’s ethnography of socialist nostalgia makes a

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Otto Boele

shortly, is that post-socialist nostalgia is a generation-bound phenomenon. Even if the object or image that triggers this feeling is the same (in this case a papier-mâché Leonid Brezhnev), age groups tend to diff er in their reactions, which are shaped and articulated under the infl uence of personal

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Maria Todorova

socialist nostalgia, nationalist cant or frustrated inaction. In Romania some workers even display portraits of Ceauşescu on lathes, lockers and workbenches. When they are asked what is needed to put Romania right, they say ‘an iron hand’, ‘a six-month military dictatorship’, or ‘Hitler, Stalin, and Vlad

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Ana Hofman

drive has already been detected and commented upon. Yet the emotionality of nostalgic recollection was mainly used as a tool for delegitimizing its social and political potential. Thus, post-socialist nostalgia has been detected as memory “blurred by emotion” (Palmberger 2008 : 358), as an emotionally

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Maria Todorova

post-socialist nostalgia” and the like, or respectively about a communist system, heritage and nostalgia. The Soviet domination was interrupted only in the 1960s when China broke the Soviet monopoly over communism, and the 1970s with the emergence of Eurocommunism. At the end of his essay on

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Xiaoping Wang

. Weston, “The Iron Man Weeps,” 74. 7 Li Zeng, “ The Road to the Past: Socialist Nostalgia in Postsocialist China,” Visual Anthropology , Volume 22, Issue 2–3 (2009): 108. 8 Zhang Xudong, “Introduction: The Cultural Politics of Postsocialism,” in Postsocialism and Cultural Politics