Titouage – Nostalgia for Tito in Post-Socialist Slovenia
Keywords:Post-Socialism, Slovenia, Titouage, Ostalgie, Cultural Memory
27 years after his death and 16 years after the collapse of socialist Yugoslavia, images of its president Josip Broz Tito can be found in different places and at different levels of social life in all ex-Yugoslav states. Opinion polls also show a mostly positive evaluation of his historical role. The study deals with social, ideological, and cultural aspects of this – for his critics – unexpected and widespread phenomenon, which among different groups and for different reasons assumes very diverse forms, intensities, and further elaborations. These will be interpreted within a broader framework of post-socialist nostalgias, which are manifest as both public discourses and mentality patterns.