‘From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo’ by Slavoj Žižek & Agon Hamza

Published in 2013.

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Far from engaging in a debate with existing texts on the subject matter, this book goes at the heart of the problem — dealing with a very specific trajectory in which the Kosovo predicament has been circulating: beginning from a myth, and ending up as a symptom. Divided into two essays, the book provides a detailed analysis of two crucial political and ideological conjunctures: first, the NATO bombing against the former Yugoslavia, and second, the developments that followed thereafter. The underlying premise of these papers is that the occurrences in former Yugoslavia, starting from its disintegration to the independence of Kosovo, cannot be accounted for by any of the existing dominant paradigms that build their arguments around the notions of ethnicity and culture.

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