Citizens without Borders: Yugoslavia and Its Migrant Workers in Western Europe

By Brigitte Le Normand

© 2020

Among Eastern Europe’s postwar socialist states, Yugoslavia was unique in allowing its citizens to seek work abroad in Western Europe’s liberal democracies. This book charts the evolution of the relationship between Yugoslavia and its labour migrants who left to work in Western Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. It examines how migrants were perceived by policy-makers and social scientists and how they were portrayed in popular culture, including radio, newspapers, and cinema. Created to nurture ties with migrants and their children, state cultural, educational, and informational programs were a way of continuing to govern across international borders. These programs relied heavily on the promotion of the idea of homeland. Le Normand examines the many ways in which migrants responded to these efforts and how they perceived their own relationship to the homeland, based on their migration experiences. Citizens without Borders shows how, in their efforts to win over migrant workers, the different levels of government – federal, republic, and local – promoted sometimes widely divergent notions of belonging, grounded in different concepts of "home."

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  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 28
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This book examines Yugoslavia’s efforts to build and maintain a relationship with its migrant workers in Western Europe through cultural and educational programs.

Citizens without Borders: Yugoslavia and Its Migrant Workers in Western Europe

By Brigitte Le Normand

© 2020

Among Eastern Europe’s postwar socialist states, Yugoslavia was unique in allowing its citizens to seek work abroad in Western Europe’s liberal democracies. This book charts the evolution of the relationship between Yugoslavia and its labour migrants who left to work in Western Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. It examines how migrants were perceived by policy-makers and social scientists and how they were portrayed in popular culture, including radio, newspapers, and cinema. Created to nurture ties with migrants and their children, state cultural, educational, and informational programs were a way of continuing to govern across international borders. These programs relied heavily on the promotion of the idea of homeland. Le Normand examines the many ways in which migrants responded to these efforts and how they perceived their own relationship to the homeland, based on their migration experiences. Citizens without Borders shows how, in their efforts to win over migrant workers, the different levels of government – federal, republic, and local – promoted sometimes widely divergent notions of belonging, grounded in different concepts of "home."

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 28
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Brigitte Le Normand is an associate professor in the Department of History and Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Part I: Seeing Migrants

    1. Seeing Migration Like a State
    2. Picturing Migrants: The Gastabajter in Yugoslav Film
     
    Part II: Building Ties

    4. A Listening Ear: Cultivating Citizens through Radio Broadcasting
    5. A Nation Talking to Itself: Yugoslav Newspapers for Migrants
    6. Weaving a Web of Transnational Governance: Yugoslav Workers’ Associations
    7. Migrants Talk Back: Responses to Surveys
    8. Building a Transnational Education System for the Second Generation
    9. They Felt the Breath of the Homeland

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

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