Introduction: “Where Are They Flocking From?”

  • Vedrana Veličković


Maria Todorova begins her book Imagining the Balkans (1998) with a paraphrase of the opening line of The Communist Manifesto: ‘A spectre is haunting Western culture – the spectre of the Balkans’. In the twenty-first century a similar spectre is haunting Western Europe and Britain—the spectre of the ‘Eastern European’ migrant. Examining their visible and audible presence in twenty-first century Britain and Europe, the introduction sets the context with outline discussions of contemporary structures of Eastern European othering, via an intersectional approach of postcolonialism and postcommunism.

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  • Vedrana Veličković
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  1. 1.University of BrightonBrightonUK

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