“We Didn’t Choose to Live in a Transition Society:” The Youth of Milošević’s Serbia Ten Years Later

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Acosta, Jessica Tsunami; Colby College
Peace and Conflict Studies; Sociology of Culture
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The 1990’s were an extremely dark time in modern Serbian history, mired by wars, sanctions, dictatorship, and struggle. Those who came of age in that time find their entire lives to be defined by their country’s transition process. Because of this experience, these individuals are in a unique position to make connections between past conflicts and present challenges in Serbia. In particular, through understanding their narratives of this recent past and their perceptions of Serbia’s current progress in its transition phase, one can glean a better picture of this generation and what it holds for Serbia’s future. In allowing these narratives to surface, an alternative understanding of both the past and present can be created and embraced.