• Lights and Shadows: Construction of Collective Identity in Social Movement in Post-Socialist Macedonia

    Author(s):
    Byeongsun Ahn (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Social movements, Eastern European studies, Social psychology, Identity, Social identity
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Macedonia, Identity Theory, Social identity Theory, social movements
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6VC2F
    Abstract:
    This article analyzes construction of post-ethnic collective identity in the 2014-2016 Macedonian social movements. Instead of looking at the large-scale political changes as a yard stick for a success or a failure of a social movement, it focuses on the cognitive process of collective identity and social action, whereby heterogeneous individuals come together as a collective entity, learn to understand their grievances in collective terms, and nurture a new sense of group-identity in relation to the external environment. It sees that this process itself – based on shared memories of collective struggle for the common interest against the common enemy – shall be understood as a fruitful outcome of a social movement that generates new movement biographies for sustainable and permanent ‘we-ness’. In the light of Bernd Simon and Bert Klandermans’ ‘tripod approach’ to collective identity, it furthermore argues that the success of a long-lasting social movement lies on making of politically relevant collective identity that appeals to social bystanders in the general public, and that this inclusive and societal context beyond the ethno-nationalist rhetoric was a driving force behind the real success of the 2014-2016 movements.
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