Post-War Identification by Torsten Kolind
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Post-War Identification
By Torsten Kolind

Post-War Identification

Everyday Muslim Counter-Discourse in Bosnia Herzegovina

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Post-War Identification by Torsten Kolind

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Stolac, the town of departure for this book and the site where the author conducted fieldwork, is located in the south-western corner of Bosnia Herzegovina. The war in Bosnia Herzegovina (1992-95) was initially an act of aggression and territorial conquest instigated by Serbian political leaders. However, as the war progressed, it increasingly came to consist of several minor wars, one of them fought in Western Bosnia Herzegovina between Croatian and Muslim forces. This was the one that affected the inhabitants of Stolac the most. Before the war ethnic identity in Bosnia Herzegovina was only one identity among others, and ethnic differences were embedded in everyday practices. Today ethnic difference is all there is. The Muslims of Stolac are fully aware that as Muslims, they constitute a totally separate group -- and that ethnic identity is by far the most important form of identity in present-day Bosnia Herzegovina. In that regard the nationalist project has succeeded. Such a crystallisation and explication of identity fits in well with the structurally inspired anthropology of war and violence, which theorises that the function of violence is to create unambiguous identities. However, this book shows that for the Muslims of Stolac, the creation of unambiguous ethnic identities is only half the story.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788779343139
ISBN-10: 8779343139
Format: Paperback
(155mm x 230mm x 23mm)
Pages: 315
Imprint: Aarhus University Press
Publisher: Aarhus University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: Denmark

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