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Information Cosmopolitics by Edin Tabak

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Introduction

The departure point for this book was my bewilderment about extreme nationalism among a large part of the academic community in Yugoslavia during the Balkan wars in 1990s. This chapter provides a personal reflection on the cosmopolitan life in Yugoslavia during the 1980s and the subsequent period of the rude awakening in the early 1990s, in order to make clear my bias and my motivations for this study. It provides the context for the book that investigates the impact of nationalism and cosmopolitanism on information practices in academic communities and explores the ways in which we might study these practices.

Keywords

Nationalism; cosmopolitanism; Yugoslavia; Bosnia; scholarly communication; information practices

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