Uzelac, Gordana Books
Dr. Gordana Uzelac is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, London Metropolitan University. She earned her Ph.D. from the European Institute of the London School of Economics. Her recent publication includes When is the Nation? with Atsuko Ichijo (eds.) (2005, London: Routledge). Dr. Uzelac is a member of editorial team of Nations and Nationalism.2006 0-7734-5791-7
This study examines the processes of social change that characterize the (re)formation of the nation. It argues that such processes can only be identified through the examination of the interplay between social structure, culture and agency in a specific period of time. Through the exploration of the basic assumptions of Social Realist Theory, a methodological framework is constructed for the analysis of the morphogenesis of the nation. These assumptions of the developed framework are tested on the case of Croatia. A historical analysis explores the processes of structural change and the formation and competition of corporate agents from the beginning of the nineteenth until the end of the twentieth century. These processes of cultural and structural change and the role of agency are investigated through a content analysis of the writings of the dominant Croatian nationalist ideologists, a content analysis of secondary school history textbooks and a survey on a sample of the population of Zagreb. The study concludes that the nation emerges with the emergence of social processes - the formation of political community, the politicization (nationalization) of culture, the mobilization of a population around specific nationalist ideologies, and the population’s acceptance of certain aspects of these ideologies.