27 / 2008
Marja Kuzmanić

Collective Memory of Changing Identities: An Exploration of Memories and Identities Related to the Disintegration of Yugoslavia

Through the analysis of memories of major events related to the disintegration of Yugoslavia the differences in collective memories and social representations of various generations of Slovenians and other former Yugoslav peoples resident in Slovenia are explored. Qualitative analysis of eighteen semi-structured interviews illustrates contested interpretations or narratives of the break up, memories and representations of Tito’s Yugoslavia, and the changes in social (ethnic) identification.
KEY WORDS: social/collective memory, identity, social representations, narratives, disintegration of former Yugoslavia