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‘Keeping Up with Myself’

Ethnography of a Young Adult Woman in Post-Transitional Croatia

Lana Peternel and Ana Maskalan

‘the social construction of individuality’ and its socio-cultural context. By applying an ethnographic longitudinal approach in the specific context of Croatia, we were inspired by Danilo Mandić and Tamara Pavasović Trošt, who claimed that research

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Legacies of the Second World War in Croatian Cultural Memory

Women as Seen through the Media

Renata Jambrešić Kirin and Reana Senjković

This article shows how the model of the ideal patriotic woman, established through propaganda activities between two competitive ideologies in Croatia during the Second World War, have been transformed and adapted to accommodate diverse genres of memory culture from 1945 until the present day. In order to indicate the inter- relation of media-ideological constructs and self-definition, the authors have compared cultural representation models of ‘acceptable’ and ‘obnoxious’ females in war time with ethnographical interviews conducted with women at the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Antifašistički front žena (Women’s Anti-Fascist Front, AFŽ) Istrian Conference in 2004. The contrast between recollections and culturally constructed official memory shows how the memories of women, as autonomous historical subjects, resist the imposed collective amnesia on the anti-fascist movement, although these women also leave many ‘unsuitable truths’ untold about their subordinate role within the anti-fascist movement.

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Contesting the Social Contract

Tax Reform and Economic Governance in Istria, Croatia

Robin Smith

tasting room. Elena had wrongly input the charge for their wine and was frantically trying to resolve it. She explained that the system debited VAT from their account immediately and paid it to Carina, the Croatian national tax office. This was problematic

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On Institutional Pluralization and the Political Genealogies of Post-Yugoslav Islam

Jeremy F. Walton and Piro Rexhepi

specific successor nation-states: Kosovo, Macedonia, Croatia, and Slovenia. We have chosen this constellation of post-Yugoslav states strategically. 2 In general, treatments of Islam in the western Balkans privilege Bosnia, and Sarajevo in particular

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Modern Women in a Modern State

Public Discourse in Interwar Yugoslavia on the Status of Women in Turkey (1923–1939)

Anđelko Vlašić

Turkey, as it shifted toward a modern nation-state, occupied the attention of the public discourse in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (or Kingdom of SHS), which was established in 1918 and changed its name in 1929 to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia

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Expensive Health

Health-seeking Behaviours in Diversified Medical Markets

Tanja Bukovcan

This article analyses how the metamorphosis of a state-funded healthcare system into a market-oriented system in Croatia since the 1990s has influenced the health-seeking behaviour of patients. Through in-depth interviews, patients were asked to identify their satisfaction with various health services and providers. Their answers reveal a complex narrative setup in which the possibility to select another healthcare therapy or provider was linked to their “willingness to pay”. The interview responses uncovered inequalities in the context of healthcare, as well as the politics and powers behind allocating and negotiating value in health-seeking. 

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Labours of Inter-religious Tolerance

Cultural and Spatial Intimacy in Croatia and Turkey

Jeremy F. Walton

Based on ethnographic research in Croatia and Turkey, this article explores two projects of inter-religious tolerance in relation to broader logics of cultural and spatial intimacy. In the Croatian case, the focus is on the public discourse surrounding Rijeka's Nova Džamija [New Mosque] which pivoted on a perception of the shared victimization of Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosnians at the hands of Serbs during the wars of the 1990s. For Turkey, we focus on a project in Ankara that aims to provide a single site of worship for Sunni and Alevi Muslims, a 'mosque-cem house'. The analysis highlights some common formations of tolerance and cultural intimacy expressed by both projects, as well as the divergent spatial practices and modes of spatial intimacy that distinguish the two sites.

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Affective Trajectory of Viewers’ Long-term Engagement with TV Series

Iris Vidmar Jovanović

makes us hate something we once loved. Acknowledgment This work has been supported by the Croatian Science Foundation under the project number UIP-2020-02-1309. A previous version was presented as a keynote address at the Television Aesthetics

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Advocacy and Activism in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research

A Croatian Example

Tanja Bukovčan

In this paper I explore the link between research into contemporary alternative medical practices (CAM) and activism. It is based on my recent research (2004-2007) which dealt with the interrelatedness and coexistence of biomedical and non-biomedical systems in the city of Zagreb. The process of adoption and introduction of CAM to Western European countries started some twenty years ago and in Zagreb the process was evident after the fall of communism. My research started with patients and their attitudes towards illness, health, well-being and suffering, factors that determined their choice of therapies and healers. However, hearing stories of people's experiences of CAM propelled me into the role of therapist as listener and, through attending to the silence surrounding the use of CAM in a relatively hostile society, the role of anthropologist as activist. Through the process of understanding and interpreting sensitive cultural practices, I explore whether anthropologists are uniquely placed to actively protect the rights of people to whom they owe their science.

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Federica Gatta, Mario Katić, Svea Larson, Vanessa Maher, and Danilo Trbojević

Czechia, Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia, are also present and their perspectives and imaginations are analysed. This is a volume on Muslims in different contexts where they have acted; however, it is also about others who acted on them or imagined and