CREATING “THE OTHER” THROUGH THE NARRATIVE TRADITION IN THE SLOVENIAN-CROATIAN BORDER AREA OF UPPER OBSOTELJE
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Narratives can create borders, discrimination and exclusion, but also connections, links and friendships. Towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border are interconnected in historical, social and economic terms, which have enabled connections of people on both sides of the border. With the analysis of stories, jokes and anecdotes collected mainly on the Slovenian side of the Slovenian-Croatian border area along the upper stream of the Sotla River it can be seen how boundaries and borders are created and formed through the narrative tradition of the area. The stories collected on both sides of the border are, on the one hand, connecting people and breaking down national borders, and on the other hand, deepening divides and intensifying the boundaries. At the same time, these connections and contacts are erasing raillery, confrontation and rivalry which can be seen in quips/jeers, singing slurs, deprecatory rhymes, jokes, humorous stories and legends collected in the Slovenian-Croatian border area.
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