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Matthias Thaden: Berichte von der „bauštela duha“. Die kroatische katholische Mission in Berlin zwischen Seelsorge und Identitätsstiftung

Matthias Thaden
Berichte von der „bauštela duha“. Die kroatische katholische Mission in Berlin zwischen Seelsorge und Identitätsstiftung
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Abstract
This paper aims to contribute to ongoing endeavors to investigate organisations by and for working migrants in Germany. It particularly focuses on the Croatian Catholic Mission in West Berlin (HKMB), intending to help further illuminating its work as well as its goals from the late 1960s until the early 1980s. Departing from the assumption that all forms of group belonging are necessarily situational and contextual, identity politics as pursued by the mission shall be scrutinized. Furthermore, the paper investigates fractions and continuities regarding their representation paying close attention to temporal and spatial aspects. The author argues that from the late 1970s onwards the HKMB increasingly sought to articulate something that will be referred to as “Croatian identity in Berlin”. This development has to be understood against the background of both the demographic situation in Berlin as well as of concurrent efforts of the Yugoslav state to address “its” citizens abroad.

Zitation
Thaden, Matthias (2014): Berichte von der „bauštela duha“. Die kroatische katholische Mission in Berlin zwischen Seelsorge und Identitätsstiftung. In: Südosteuropäische Hefte 3 (1), S. 44–66.

Persistent Identifier (PID): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-398096

Matthias Thaden & Alexander Praetz: Turbofolk reconsidered. Some thoughts on migration and the appropriation of music in early 1990s Berlin

Matthias Thaden & Alexander Praetz
Turbofolk reconsidered. Some thoughts on migration and the appropriation of music in early 1990s Berlin
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Abstract
This paper’s aim is to shed a light on the emergence, meanings and contexts of early 1990s turbofolk. While this music-style has been exhaustively investigated with regard to Yugoslavia and Serbia, its appropriation by Yugoslav labour migrants has hitherto been no subject of particular interest. Departing from this research gap this paper focuses on “Ex-Yugoslav” evening entertainment and music venues in Berlin and the role turbofolk possessed. We hope to contribute to the ongoing research on this music relying on insights we gained from our fieldwork and the interviews conducted in early and mid-2013. After criticizing some suggestions that have been made regarding the construction of group belongings by applying a dichotomous logic with turbofolk representing the supposedly “inferior”, this approach could serve to investigate the interplay between music and the making of everyday social boundaries. Drawing on the gathered interview material we, beyond merely confirming ethnic and national segmentations, suggest the emergence of new actors and the increase of private initiatives and regional solidarity to be of major importance for negotiating belongings. In that regard, turbofolk events – far from being an unambiguous signifier of group loyalty – were indeed capable to serve as a context that bridged both national as well as social cleavages.

Zitation
Thaden, Matthias; Praetz, Alexander (2014): Turbofolk reconsidered. Some thoughts on migration and the appropriation of music in early 1990s Berlin. In: Südosteuropäische Hefte 3 (1), S. 92–125.

Persistent Identifier (PID): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-398129