Post-Structuralism and Politics: towards Postmodern Balkan Studies | Sanja LAZAREVIC RADAK
Abstract: Although post-structuralism, on the first sight, lacks political dimension, its application to social problems expose the potential of political engagement. First, it comes from interviving linguistics and humanities, that inspired new understanding of the relationship between structure and power. While emerging from cultural studies and therefore from synthesis of history and literary criticism, studies on the Balkan, point out a role of mental images, stereotypes, discourses and therefore, political power of its image. Following the concepts of Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida and to lesser extent Julia Kristeva, the Balkans is set within the post-structural paradigm.
Keywords: Balkan, post-structuralism, culture studies, Foucault, Derrida, Lacan.
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