Šantek, Goran Pavel

Narrating Victimhood: Gender, Religion and the Making of Place in Post-War Croatia. Michaela Schäuble. New York-Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014, 392 pp $120.00, cloth. / Šantek, Goran Pavel. - 282-283 str.

Michaela Schäuble's book, Narrating Victimhood. Gender, Religion and the Making of Place in Post-War Croatia, is a study about the (self) marginalisation of a community in Croatia in the Split-Dalmatia County, which was written with the intention of giving a novel perspective for understanding the transformation processes in south-eastern Europe. Michaela Schäuble, an anthropologist and lecturer in Social and Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, has interpreted historical inequities felt by her interlocutors in Sinj within the framework of (self) victimization, which is used as a local strategy of empowerment, during a time of significant changes. The author's analysis is primarily based on ethnographic research and interpretation of media representations. Although conclusions at some level could be accepted for the local community ; nevertheless, their generalization with regard to the national level is anthropologically very problematic.


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