"Floating signifiers": Negotiating the meaning of national in Montenegro, at the Internet chat room Café del Montenegro

  • Čarna Brković
Keywords:
national belonging, anthropology of the Internet, Internet chat rooms, Montenegro, cultural engagement, reproduction of the state

Abstract

The paper represents the analysis of the narratives that deal with the sentiment of national belonging in Montenegro within the chat room Café del Montenegro. The practice of the Internet chat room users is perceived as cultural engagement – „practicing" the State and the emotion of national identification of its own kind. By writing, arguing, negotiating the meaning of the state and nation an abundance of different and broken knowledge’s are created- many histories, geographies, ethics and politics are offered. On the one hand, these directly undermines, jeopardizes and questions the power of the State narrative, hitherto negotiating the nation, the State, authentic devotion, simultaneously manufacturing the state-nation as a reality. The result of mutual correspondence in the chat room is persistent negotiation of the meaning of national categories in Montenegro over the years.

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Published
2008-06-02
How to Cite
Brković, Čarna. 2008. “"Floating Signifiers": Negotiating the Meaning of National in Montenegro, at the Internet Chat Room Café Del Montenegro”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 3 (1), 123-41. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v3i1.6.