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Evolving Identities: A Poststructuralist Analysis of Croatia's Approach to Minority Rights

Natasa Zambelli

In my paper I apply a poststructuralist approach to the relations between Croatia and the EU. The changing nature of Croatia's political identity and its acceptance of European norms and values are addressed through the case of minority rights in Croatia. The understanding of what it means to be a modern, democratic, European state is central to the study since it provides the basis of framing the minority policies in the light of the future membership. The discrepancy between the Western/EU and Eastern/Balkan identities offers the possibility to explore and theorise further the nature of identity and its relation to concrete political action, in this case the minority rights in the changing Croatian context. The paper will briefly introduce basic theoretical assumptions about identity construction and proceed to the case study material and discussion of empirical findings.

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