Performing Belonging, celebrating invisibility?

The role of festivities among migrants of Serbian origin in Denmark and in Serbia.

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Abstract

Serbian migrants living transnational lives consciously or unconsciously move between visibility and invisibility in their performance of migrant success stories. A case in point are public festivals, performed to make visible migrants’ successful inclusion in Danish society, i.e. celebrating invisibility. Meanwhile, other celebrations are consciously relegated to the invisible confines of the Serbian homeland. This article analyses celebrations in Denmark and in Serbia and shows how visible displays of ethnicity and difference tend to turn into easily palatable heritage versions of Serbian culture when performed in a Danish context. In turn, the visibility acquired through celebrations of migrants’ belonging in their homeland is inclined to render invisible those who did not take part in the migration experience.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Migration Research
Volume4
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)184-191
ISSN1799-649X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Visibility
  • invisibility
  • spatial division of ritual space
  • public celebrations
  • Serbian migrants in Denmark

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In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2014, p. 184-191.

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