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Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Implacability in Narratives of Survivors after the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6151-0934
2013 (English)In: Crisis, Critique and Change. Abstract book. 11th European Sociological Association Conference, Turin, Italy, August 28-31, 2013, 2013, 1146-1147 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this article I analyze verbally portrayed experiences of 27 survivors from the 90’s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. One aim of the article is to analyze markers for reconciliation and implacability, the second is to describe the terms for reconciliation which are actualized in those stories. The interactive dynamics, which occurred during the war, make the post-war reconciliation wartime associated. Narratives about reconciliation, implacability and terms for reconciliation, are not only formed in relation to the war as a whole but also in relation to one’s own and others’ persons wartime actions. The narratives about reconciliation become an arena in which we and them are played against each other in different ways – not least by rejecting the others acts during the war. In the interviewees stories implacability is predominant but reconciliation is presented as a possibility if certain conditions are met. These conditions are, for instance, justice for war victims,perpetrators’ recognition of crime and perpetrators’ emotional commitment (for example the display of remorse and shame).

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2013. 1146-1147 p.
Keyword [en]
narrative, forgiveness, shame, justice, perpetrator, emotion, conditions for reconciliation, reconciliation, implacability, sociologi, sociology
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Social Sciences; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48148ISBN: 978-88-97523-49-9OAI: diva2:877918
ESA 2013, 11th European Sociological Association Conference, Turin, Italy, August 28-31, 2013.
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2016-01-08Bibliographically approved

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