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Understanding EvilLessons from Bosnia$
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Keith Doubt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227006

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227006.001.0001

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Ritualizing Evil

Ritualizing Evil

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Understanding Evil

Keith Doubt

Fordham University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the concluding sentence in Maria Todorova's book, Imagining the Balkans, which said that “If Europe has produced not only racism but also antiracism, not only misogyny but also feminism, not only anti-Semitism, but also its repudiation, then what can be termed Balkanism has not yet been coupled with its complementing and ennobling antiparticle.” It is argued that there is a problem with this concluding sentence because Balkanism is correlated with racism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism. The correlation is unduly negative. A second problem with this concluding sentence is that Todorova suggests an ambivalent relation between the Balkans and Europe. The chapter contends that if racism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism are the regrettable progeny of Europe, the unwanted progeny of the Balkans is that scapegoating.

Keywords:   Maria Todorova, Imagining the Balkans, Balkanism, evil, scapegoating, racism, misogyny

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