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Diskurzivna konstrukcija slovenske nacionalne identitete
Andreja Vezovnik, 2007, original scientific article

Abstract: The article shows which discourses have shaped Slovene national identity in the process of the country's accession to Euro-Atlantic associations. On the theoretical level, it relies primarily on discourse theory and its understanding of identity as discursively constructed through the differences of the Other. Using the concept of intertextuality or interdiscursivity, it shows empirically that the understanding of identity in discourse theory is deficient, especially in aspects where theory advocates openness of social relations, changeabilty and emancipation. On the basis of the historical dimension or an overview of discourses that have constructed Slovene identity in the past, it shows their fixedness and persistence, which means that the field of identification has, despite the change in hegemonic relations, remained the same. The empirical aim of the article is to show how discourses shaped in the process of Slovene accession to Euro-Atlantic associations, have influenced the construction of Slovene national identity. The research focuses on discourses produced in Slovene newspaper commentaries between 2001 and 2003. The main finding is that Slovene national identity has been shaped both through its relation to 'Europe' and to 'the Balkans'. The alteration of 'Europe' is shown predominantly through the catholic discourse from the end ofthe 19th century calling for patriotism, fear of all things foreign, servitude and masochistic introjection in the relation to 'Europe'. These elements are important for the constitution of Slovene national identity even today. The alteration of the 'Balkans' is shown mainly through its demand for particularity, ie. in its nationalist and patriotic discourse, constituted as an opposition to an 'uncivilised barbarian past'. The pursuit for democracy leads Slovene identity from 'Balkan barbarity' to 'European civilizedness'. The conclusion that the question of Slovene identity is a complex issue is therefore not surprising. The aim of the article is to shed light on those discourses that have 'struggled' to attain a hegemonic position in the analysed historical and social moment
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Keywords: diskurz, identiteta, intertekstualnost, univerzalno, partikularno, Evropa, Balkan, Slovenija
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 1189; Downloads: 20
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