P048
Cross-border consumption and collaboration in post-Yugoslav everyday life

Convenors:
Zaira Tiziana Lofranco (University of Bergamo)
Rozita Dimova (Ghent University)
Location:
A-018
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel explores new forms of domestic or cross-border collaborative consumption practices in post-Yugoslav everyday life where the dissolution of socialist economic system is entrenched with lingering ethno nationalisms and neoliberal economy.

Long abstract:

The panel focuses on different forms of cross-border collaboration through practices of consumption in post-Yugoslav everyday life. Central to Socialist Yugoslavia, consumption offered an alternative economic model to Eastern bloc planned economy. It played a crucial role in the establishment of a Yugoslav extended middle-class that constituted its identity through consumption practices performed at home and across the borders and challenged top-down imposed socialist egalianitarism. Smuggling or money lending at home, were underpinned by diasporic networks and collaboration with neighbours, colleagues and in many cases by interethnic solidarity. The last gasps of socialist Yugoslavia were marked by changes fostering downward socio-economic mobility, social conflict and mistrust institutionally channelled along ethnic lines. These changes however allowed different forms of solidarity to emerge. The post-Yugoslav everyday life should therefore be examined as a dynamic space marked by the dissolution of socialist system as well as by the presence of ethno national and neoliberal political and economic powers. In this conjuncture, the panel looks at collaborative consumption practices, not only in their material aspect, but in relation to social differentiation and repositioning in space and time. We will explore how ethnic, religious or political conflict or collaboration, kin ties, and workers solidarity are reshaped or substituted by new forms of domestic or cross-border collaboration. In this framework we will look at collaborative consumption practices such as gifts, donations, smuggling, remittances, money lending and bank guarantee as well as negative reciprocity that marked war time and on-going realities stamped by deep financial crisis.