Seeing Double : Political polarization and identity politics in Macedonia, before and after the Prespa Agreement

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Graan , A 2021 , Seeing Double : Political polarization and identity politics in Macedonia, before and after the Prespa Agreement . in V P Neofotistos (ed.) , Macedonia and Identity Politics After the Prespa Agreement . Routledge , London , pp. 173-205 .

Title: Seeing Double : Political polarization and identity politics in Macedonia, before and after the Prespa Agreement
Author: Graan, Andrew
Editor: Neofotistos, Vasiliki P.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 33
Belongs to series: Macedonia and Identity Politics After the Prespa Agreement
ISBN: 9780367407292
9780367808761
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329501
Abstract: This chapter examines the emergence of two competing discursive and visual repertoires on Macedonian national identity in order to analyze and theorise contemporary political polarisation as a new form of identity politics. Focusing on examples from the premiership of Nikola Gruevski and the 2018 referendum on the Prespa Agreement, the chapter describes how rival political movements developed distinct aesthetic forms to represent (North) Macedonia. On the one hand, Gruevski’s nationalist political project embraced revivalist aesthetics to portray its version of the Macedonian nation and its history. On the other hand, critics of Gruevski drew from a modernist palette to represent their own version of a European and cosmopolitan Macedonia. Ultimately, in analyzing such “doubled” expressions of Macedonian identity, the chapter argues that the variety of political polarization evident in contemporary North Macedonia constitutes a new form of identity politics, one based not on multiculturalist claims to identity difference—so-called “recognition struggles”—but on competing, monopoly claims over one and the same identity category—characterized here as “representation struggles.”
Subject: 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
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