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Mapping the multilayered normative structure of Serbia–EU relations
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If we are to conceptualise the Europeanisation process as multilayered normative struggle, what then are the normative struggles underpinning the relation between the EU and Serbia? What Othering mechanisms are at play and how do they potentially interact? In order to answer these questions and provide the political background for the research and arguments of the book, this chapter presents the core elements that constitute the multilayered normative structure that shape the sexual politics of Serbia–EU relations. In a short overview of the evolution of the EU enlargement process, the first section demonstrates how EU policy changed from promoting peace and democracy to an increasing focus on human rights (including LGBT rights). This shift in policy is also reflected in the EU’s Othering mechanisms, in particular those employed to reinforce the (at times conflicting) EU identities based on either promoting sustainable peace or the promotion of human rights. The second part of the chapter presents two of the main hegemonic struggles within Serbia. Here, the point of departure is Serbia’s involvement in processes of nation-building as well as a process of reintegrating within international society following the democratic revolution in 2000, with special attention given to Serbia’s victimhood complex (especially in relation to Kosovo) and the gendered and homophobic nature of nationalism in Serbia. Overall, the chapter argues that the Othering mechanisms described for both the EU and Serbia can be classified along a normative/value-based axis and a security/interest-based axis, which both result in different coexisting and/or clashing identity positions.

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