Dr. Đorđe Stojanović
Institute for Political Studies
Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University
Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University
Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University
Dr. Đorđe Stojanović was the deputy editor-in-chief and editor of the English edition of Serbian Political Thought (ISSN 0354-5989) in the period from 2013 to 2023. He is also a member of the editorial board of the magazine: Culture of Polis (ISSN 1820-4589), Socijalna politika - magazine theory and practice of social policy and social work (ISSN 0038-0091) and the magazine Administration and Public Policy (ISSN 2406-2529).
Dr. Đorđe Stojanović, as the first scientist from Serbia, is the recipient of one of the most prestigious post-doctoral research scholarships (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS), which is in charge of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan. The researcher spent his stay at the Faculty of Law, which also includes Political Science, one of the strongest world and Japanese universities - Nagoya University (Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University; 84th and 83rd university on the Shanghai list, 3rd strongest Japanese university for 2017 and 2018). On the Comparative border studies of Southeast Europe and the East Asia project, he collaborated with Professor Dr. Mamor Sadakat, former dean of the same faculty, one of the greatest Japanese experts on Balkan politics.
In addition to being permanently employed at the Institute for Political Studies as a senior research associate, he was promoted to full professor in 2018. Dr. Đorđe Stojanović was engaged as an invited lecturer at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade (undergraduate, master's and doctoral studies) and as a lecturer at the Faculty of Legal and Political Studies, Educons University in Novi Sad (undergraduate and master's studies) and the Faculty for media and communications, Singidunum University in Belgrade (basic, master's and doctoral studies).
SKETCH OF THE SERBIAN POSTCOLONIAL CONDITION: SERBIAN, serbian AND SERBIAN
This study attempts to deconstruct the neocolonial status of Serbia. The paper claims that Serbia was selfcolonized through two cultural varieties: through the actions of Second Serbian, westernized liberal-democratic elites and through the actions of First Serbian, traditionalized elites. It is shown how both discourses favor neo-imperial imperatives and agendas. The decolonizing solution can be seen in the hybridization of culture through the concepts of "culture of the Serbian soul" and "super-Serb". The selfestablishment of decolonized Serbia is therefore only possible through a hybrid culture. It is a state in which both cultural diversity and cultural purity are rejected at the same time. The first because of turning Serbia into some exotic " reservation", the second because the acceptance of some other cultural register is immediately classified as a national infection/contamination/intoxication. The hybridized narrative fable of the "culture of the Serbian soul" is a network of some "best" external representations/symbols/imaginaries and their explanations/reasons/arguments in the planetary (self)presentation of the Serbs, partially independent of personal expectations and feelings, i.e. the need to agree or disagree with them, partially corrected, filtered and supplemented by passing through the prism of internal beliefs, projections and meanings, and in the function of defending and creating the construct of an ideal, perfected, selfauthenticated and poeticized "super-Serb". We are defending something that we simultaneously create and that creates us, an unlocked, non-restrictive "fairytale/alchemical patriotism" of the autonarratives of the best of Us in our own eyes and/or in the eyes of Others. All in all, hybridity is an instrument of resistance to one-dimensional identities. Namely, through the introduction of a multitude of plural identities, it enables the creation of the Third Space, which is located between the domestic culture and the cultural algorithms/requirements of the neo-imperial masters (Bhabha 1994). The genuineness of hybridity lies in the manner of their amalgamation/fusion. Only in this way is it possible for the self-colonized Serbian subject to achieve a spontaneous/authentic cultural perspective/base. It is a space where Americanization (American-British-EU cultural dictation), Russification (Russian cultural dictation) and Sinoization (Chinese cultural dictation) are exposed/included in the discourse of Serbization. In a word, Serbia needs to be Serbified.
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT OF PWD: A CASE STUDY OF BOKA KOTORSKA (MONTENEGRO)
This paper presents an overview of a research study on the position of persons with disabilities (PWD) in the labour market of the Boka Kotorska region, in the municipalities of Tivat, Kotor and Herceg Novi. This original research study is based on an analysis of the perception and attitudes of PWD regarding their position in the labour market. The study looks into the attitudes of PWD towards: education, employment, motivation to engage in employment, and the challenges they face in seeking employment in the region of Boka Kotorska. Simultaneously, it tested the impact of the different forms and types of disability, as well as age on potential employment. Data on unemployment of PWD in Boka Kotorska, combined with the activities and capacities of employers in the area of employment of PWD were analysed. The research findings indicate certain internal and external barriers in the labour market. PWD mostly face the following problems: difficulties with obtaining employment, lack of recognition of their potential, prejudice on behalf of employers regarding their skills and capacities, early abandonment of education, and physical barriers. A certain number of PWD faces limitations primarily related to low levels of motivation to: engage in employment, actively seek employment, engage in professional rehabilitation programmes, advance in education, self-employ. However, a majority of PWD wish to engage in some form of employment, in areas that are adapted to their capacities, and with modified working hours.
HYBRID POSTMODERNIZATION OF SOCIAL WORK
This paper discusses the intensity, form, and degree of awareness of the postmodernization of social work. In that sense, the postmodernization of social work means its discursive and metanarrative placement in the context of globally postmodernized societies, both at the level of external institutional network of meaning and at the level of internal reconfiguration, reformulation, redefinition, and reorganization according to new postmodern principles, agendas, and requirements. However, this does not mean absorbing some other metanarrative, but formulating an authentic metanarrative of social work. The explanation of postmodernity and postmodernization does not necessarily have to be part of the "intellectual-speculative" sphere of postmodernism, that is, some modernist theories may be integrated with some postmodernist discursive protocols for the purpose of a hybrid explanation of a relevant phenomenon. Social work is at a significant turning point that requires a whole set of questions and related answers with implicit consequences for the practice of social work and the professional identity of social workers. Using the autochthonous contextual situational experiences of Serbia, as the main features of this transformation, we can detect:
- The existence of a genuine metanarrative of social work, which can also be described as a counter-narrative, constructed as deideologized, plural and distanced from generating and regenerating any power relations and power structures that do not benefit marginalized, vulnerable and exposed to processes of creating and maintaining inequality. The transmission of theoretical principles into practical procedures is emphasized as a matter of special importance.
- The actual metanarrative of social work directly opposes the neoliberal metanarrative in a wide range, which includes rejection of: market regulation of social work, new managementism, the inevitability of poverty, the disappearance/eliminating social work as a profession etc.
- The metanarrative of social justice is postmodern, but not in an anti-foundationalist sense or through the incorrect vulgar-postmodernist formula that "anything can go." Its universalism is post-foundationalist in nature (Marchart 2007), it has variable content and means of distribution.
- Inversion of the inefficient welfare state project with the social investment state project. The risk is no longer external in nature, but designed/produced. The action of social work is not aimed at repairing the consequences of its appearance, but prophylactically before its appearance.
- Cultural, historical and contextual/situational in social work no longer means adaptation to the universal, but its construction. Social work practice is therefore exposed to constant changes in the client's preferences/needs and understanding of care and help.
- The difference is no longer equal to the deviation.
- In addition to the fact that class, religious, gender, racial, educational, national and generational constructions are still extremely strong and formative, it is important to emphasize that postmodernization of social work does not mean rejecting theories relevant for the functioning of social work, but their nonlinear complement. They are not relativized, but contextualized. In this sense, we are talking about the process of hybrid postmodernization of social work. This implies the depsychologization of social work, that is, the rejection of the psychological theoretical paradigm as the most authoritative and most efficient in solving socially induced problems.
- Although the identity of social workers is often stuck between preferences and structural possibilities, the fact is that they are often bureaucratized and opportunistic conformists who cannot distinguish between short-term and long-term changes, and do not see their profession as a process of constant empowerment of the vulnerable, marginalized and unequal. Their metanarrative is based on the constant opposition to fixed/petrified/structural power: their power is in the negation of power relations.
NIKLAS LUHMANN'S SOCIAL SYSTEMS THEORY: THE ISSUE OF SUBSYSTEM AUTONOMY
Niklas Luhmann articulates the basic elements of his authentic theoretical position as criticism of, as he calls them, classical sociology or classical organisation theory. While within these orientations, (social) systems are mainly interpreted as centralised entities whose structures are stabilised by purpose determined at the top, Luhmann, in his general theory of social systems privileges internal differentiation in which subsystems autonomously define their purposes, making society more flexible and capable of responding to environmental challenges. In that sense, the main intention of this paper is the creation of cognitive interest for the notions of complexity and flexibility, i.e. for the issue of subsystem autonomy, as the important elements of Luhmann's general theory of social systems. Our premise is that the establishment of subsystem autonomy is not a matter of mere, a priori, theoretical and/or practical arbitrariness, nor does it mean an introduction into deconstruction of the system, but it represents a necessary step in the creation of successful responses of the social system to problems arising from the immense and dynamic complexity of its own environment. In other words, through the process of internal differentiation, by establishing subsystem autonomy, the social system increases its own complexity, i.e. ability to adjust to the environment. Thus, challenges arising from the environment are not transferred to the whole, but localised and processed in the appropriate, autonomous parts of the system. By so increasing its internal complexity, the system undeniably acquires the necessary flexibility, or capability for a faster and more efficient creation of alternative.
STRUCTURALISM AND POST-STRUCTURALISM: THEORETICAL TENSIONS AND DIMENSIONS
This paper compares and critically examines the most important features of structuralism and post-structuralism as two extremely important theoretical orientations for understanding current social and political reality in genere. In this regard, the following theoretical premises/conceptualizations will be analyzed: structure, subject, identity, linguistic forms, rhetorical incoherences of the text and generative consequences of power, that is, contextualization of its historically given/inherited institutions and practices. In addition to trying to fill the evident void of understanding these two discourses at the level of the Serbian political space, paper also pleads for their intense projection/application in the interpretation of indigenous Serbian political reality. The paper treats poststructuralism both as a kind of intrinsic critique of structuralism and as “structuralism of structuralism”, a kind of, very freely speaking, “meta-structuralism”. More or less, theoretical postulates underlying structuralism and post-structuralism, of which we distinguish anti-foundationalism and anti-essentialism, can be registered in various scientific disciplines: from sociology and ethnology, through the political science and law, to history or, even, theology. The internal thematic configuration of post-structuralism includes decentralization, anti-genesis/anti-origin and anti-totality, poststructuralism rejects categorization, positional static, and fixedness of any kind in favor of the kinetic and fluidity of different, vertical and horizontal, social statuses and identities. In doing so, the postmodern meta-narrative is perceived as a cultural manifestation/valence of the academically formulated meta-narrative of post-structuralism. Poststructuralism doesn’t accept that society is constructed, homogenized and transformed through extremely powerful and influential institutions/traditions based on ahistorical, unison, one-dimensional or singular ideas/logic. In contrast, it is, like postmodernism, multiperspective, contextual and historical, focused on specific cultures, structures, social grammars and texts. Unlike structuralism, which is primarily intended to scientifically determine these universal social structures, post-structuralism is directed to repudiate them, to diminish our confidence in them. Finally, following what James Williams says, post-structuralism occupies an important place in what might be called “Neo-Enlightenment” (Williams 2005, 153–167). Poststructuralism has the potential to become a revitalizing energy needed to restore the creative and critical attributes of all aspects of social life in terms of realizing more than necessary changes. Ergo, its further study, popularization and application is one of the important tasks of the Serbian scientific community/scene.
Charismatic Dimension of Political Leadership: The Case of Serbia
The paper addresses the problem of relationship between charismatic political leadership and democracy. In that sense, the charismatic foundation of the present Serbian political leadership is defined through the “de-charismatisation” of cultural codes of malignant charismatic movements, embodied in ideological constructs of “Seseljism” and “Slobism”, and through changes in symbolic charismatic content, expressed by promotion of democratic values and discursive recoding of the enemy and corruption culture. In other words, the scientific paper analyzes metamorphosis of Serbian “charismatic discourse”- from institutional charisma to personal charisma and from charismatic institutions to charismatic personality.
"Responsibility to Protect" from Aggression
In this article the author discusses about the relationship between a “Responsibility to protect” doctrine and crime of aggression, advocating further doctrinal development. The R2P doctrine is a new norm based on the idea that sovereignty is not a privilege, but a responsibility of states to protect civilians from horrors of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. Debatable in R2P doctrine is the fact that even if the crime of aggression is a part of the contemporary international criminal law, it is not part of the R2P. Pondering over the reasons for the exclusion of aggression, the author examines types of the aggression’s responsibilities, juxtaposes them to doctrinal goals and objectives, and perceives the crime of aggression as an additional control mechanism for the implementation of a R2P doctrine.
Bring Back the State: New Challenges of Stabilization in the Former Yugoslav Territories
This article examines the political context of new challenges in stabilization in the Former Yugoslav Territories same as breaking the veil of secrecy in the Former Yugoslav Territories. While debates over the dissolution of Yugoslavia have extended into the spheres of history, education and public space, this article focuses on the principles of apology, reconciliation, international law and on importance of cover-ups in archives, in our region.