The New Bosnian Mosaic: Identities, Memories and Moral Claims in a Post-war Society

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Xavier Bougarel, Elissa Helms, Gerlachlus Duijzings
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2007 - Social Science - 332 pages
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Since the violent events of the Bosnian war and the revelations of ethnic cleansing that shocked the world in the early 1990s, Bosnia has become a metaphor for the new ethnic nationalisms, for the transformation of warfare in the post - Cold War era, and for new forms of peacekeeping and state - building. It has spawned an extensive literature, from journalistic enquiries to academic works, however much of this literature deals with the legal character of the war and the institutional framework set up by the Dayton Peace Agreement. The authors of this new book argue that while the realities of post - war Bosnia are indeed strongly influenced by Dayton and the way it has been implemented, they can in no way be reduced to it. This book is unique in offering a re-examination of the Bosnian case with a 'bottom - up' perspective.

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Locals Newcomers and the Cultural Transformation
Ethnic Loyalty and Political
Resistance to the Ethnicization of
Histories of Violence and the Politics
Martyrdom War Memory and
Clashing Memories of Bosnian
The ICTY from the Perspective
Women Morality and Victimhood in
Subsistence Economy Social Belonging and
Bibliography 295
Index 321

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Xavier Bougarel holds a PhD in Political Science and is Research Fellow at the Research Unit 'Ottoman and Turkish Studies' of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. He has followed the political and religious situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the early 1990s and was, among others, an external consultant for the World Bank. He has also published widely on the transformation of Islam in the post-communist Balkans and on the anthropological history of violence in the region. Elissa Helms holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. She began her engagement with Bosnians in the early-mid 1990s while working with refugees and local non-governmental organizations. For the past decade, she has been researching issues of women's activism, gender relations, and representations of gender, ethnicity and victimhood in post-war Bosnia and has published several papers and book chapters on these issues. Ger Duijzings holds a PhD in Anthropology and is Reader in the Anthropology of Eastern Europe at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in London. He is Head of the Department of East European Languages and Culture. He has published widely on issues of religion and identity in Kosovo, and was one of the authors of the Srebrenica report released in 2002 by the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD). He was also a consultant for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

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