Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stereotypes about Serbs - general

Every nation is, in a way, "victim" of various stereotypes regarding their mentality, customs, or tradition. For example, Scots are usually perceived as stingy; French are thought to be incurably romantic; Spaniards are quite often viewed as lazy; and when you mention Italians, word "passion" is the first that crosses one's mind. However, the crucial question for our topic is - what about Serbs? Which category do we fall into? How do the other nations see us?
Well, the answer is not so simple. As with any other nation, there is a mixture of various factors determining its reputation among other nationalities. During the last decade of the 20th century, there was an avalanche of articles and reportages in the media picturing Serbs as fierce, wild, uncontrolled people who enjoy killing each other and hate foreigners. There is another side of the coin, however. In the first decade of the 21st century, as Serbia experienced significant political and social changes, its image gradually started to improve, although there are still people from other countries who will avoid visiting Serbia for various reasons. Anyway, in last several years Serbs have been perceived as "party maniacs", extremely hospitable people with wonderful tradition, highly talented sportsmen, musicians etc. As you can see, there is not just one single view of Serbs. There are many different angles from which one has to look if they want to see the entire picture. Needless to say, the same goes for other nations.

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