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Reconciliation Narratives of Survivors from War in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6151-0934
2015 (English)In: Some Aspects of Community Empowerment and Resilience / [ed] Pulla, Venkat; Mamidi, Bharath Bhushan, New Delhi: Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd. , 2015, 189-205 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article was to analyze the retold experiences of 27 survivors from the 1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have examined verbal markers of reconciliation and implacability and I have analyzed described terms for reconciliation that are being actualized in the narratives. In the narratives of those interviewed, implacability is the prominent them, but the possibility of reconciliation is mentioned, if some conditions are met. These conditions are for example justice for the victims of the war, a confession from the offender and his emotional involvement (for instance showing remorse and shame). The picture that emerges from the analyzed narratives is that it is easier to forgive someone imprisoned for his atrocities.

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New Delhi: Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd. , 2015. 189-205 p.
Keyword [en]
Justice, Narrative, Reconciliation, Forgiveness, Implacability, Shame, Conditions for Reconciliation, Perpetrator, Emotion, Victim sociology
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47846ISBN: 978-81-8424-962-0OAI: diva2:877459
Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2016-01-04Bibliographically approved

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