Socio-economic, social-geographical, and education significance of Andrej Predin’s book »Na zeleno vejo / To the green branch«

Social Responsibility
The article deals with the socio-economic, social-geographical, and education aspects of Andrej Predin’s book “Na zeleno vejo” [To the green branch]. Its socially perceived controversy, powered by the nomination for a book for Slovenian elementary school’s “Cankar’s contest”, was the main motive for a present analysis. The contribution reveals a book’s multi-layered perspective and sets for many of overseen aspects, which in reality point to degradations and self-destructions of environments in which we live in – the environments of false authorities, problematic aims and goals. The article uncovers aspects blurred by intentionally vulgarized and prosaic fable written in urban slang of Maribor. Unique dialogues in dialect actually portray urban spaces of demolished industries and degrading blocs’ quarters. Moreover, they expose obscured social and economic problems disguised in high unemployment rates and accompanied issues stamped by the eternal transition of post-socialism. It is the story of spaces where unshaped and uninformed about anything, including sex and racism, the confused and aimless youth rushes into “proven” forms of addiction and misuse. It is about those kinds of situations hidden behind brand new shiny Potemkin’s façades, not reckoned by a profit-blind majority. The article reveals many important aspects of knowledge and competence which lie almost untackled (i. e. interpersonal communication, sex, violence, racisms, geographical environment, etc.), and which should be by the school and education system placed into the national education curricula on the account of other topics.
 
Keywords: crisis, social crisis, economic crisis, values, system of values, pauperization, dialects, Maribor, Slovenia.
 
Ph.D. Damir Josipovič