Reconstructing the Meaning of Being “Montenegrin”

Jelena Dzankic

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Although there has been significant change in the content of the category of “Montenegrin” identity, the policies adopted by the government of Montenegro within its nation-building project have been only partly successful. This study examines popular support for the policies that have helped to reconstruct Montenegrin identity in the decades following the disintegration of socialist Yugoslavia. The specific focus here is on the symbolic reconstruction of identity parameters in Montenegro after the split of the ruling party in 1997 and the start of political divisions in this tiny Balkan state. Relying on original quantitative and qualitative data, the analysis associates the divide related to the question of statehood with perceptions of identity and shows how the content of “Montenegrin” identity changed as a result of people's support for or opposition to independence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-71
JournalSlavic Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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