After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of by Jessica Greenberg

By Jessica Greenberg

What occurs to scholar activism as soon as mass protests have disappeared from view, and formative years now not include the political frustrations and hopes of a country? After the Revolution chronicles the lives of pupil activists as they confront the probabilities and disappointments of democracy within the shadow of the new revolution in Serbia. Greenberg's narrative highlights the tales of younger pupil activists as they search to outline their function and articulate a brand new kind of valid political task, post-socialism. whilst pupil activists in Serbia helped topple dictator Slobodan Milosevic on October five, 2000, they without notice discovered that the post-revolutionary interval introduced even higher difficulties. How do you definitely stay and perform democracy within the wake of conflict and the shadow of a up to date revolution? How do younger Serbians try to translate the strength and pleasure generated through extensive scale mobilization into the sluggish paintings of establishing democratic associations? Greenberg navigates during the ranks of pupil firms as they transition their activism from the streets again into the halls of the college. In exploring the standard practices of pupil activists―their triumphs and frustrations―After the Revolution argues that sadness isn't a failure of democracy yet a basic function of the way humans stay and perform it. This attention-grabbing e-book develops a severe vocabulary for the social lifetime of sadness with the purpose of aiding electorate, students, and policymakers all over the world get away the catch of framing new democracies as doomed to failure.

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One of the facilitators wrote “SUS” (Student Union of Serbia) in the middle of a blank sheet on a flip chart and asked participants to call out different actors and institutions that affected them. The list was long and included students in general, other student organizations, the university, the state and provincial government, and other nongovernmental organizations. The exercise was supposed to help participants assess the kinds of expectations (and inevitable disappointments) that students would face when planning campaigns.

His humor, his matter-of-fact pessimism, his authoritative position as an expert within an organization—all echoed countless public performances of democratic action, from meetings to press conferences to protests. In these contexts student audiences negotiated multiple audiences for whom the performance of democracy might be signaled by different and even conflicting modes of communication. Such quick shifts in footing signaled by a move from vulnerable appeal to authoritative confidence were the warp and woof of how students managed to engage in a messy and discursively unstable world (Goffman 1979).

Indeed, the theme of generational betrayal came up frequently over the course of my fieldwork. Young people argued that they could not trust their parents’ generation because it was their irresponsibility that squandered the legacy to which their children had been entitled: a modern, prosperous, and stable Yugoslavia. Ivan, a student activist in his twenties, explained much of Serbia’s recent history in these terms. As a member of the Social Democratic Youth, the youth wing of the progressive Social Democratic Union, Ivan had not given up on political life in Serbia.

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