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Concentration Camp Rituals: Narrative of Former Bosnian Detainees
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, 404-404 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article analyses the experiences retold by former concentration camp detainees who were placed in concentration camps at the beginning of the Bosnian war in the 1990s. The article aims to describe the recounted social interaction rituals after having spent time in a concentration camp as well as identifying how these interactions are symbolically dramatized. In their stories of crime and abuse in the concentration camps the detainees reject the guards actions and the category: ”concentration camp detainee”. The retold stories of violation- and power rituals in the camps show that there was little space for individuality. Never the less, resistance- and status rituals along with adapting to the conditions in the camps seem to have generated some room for increased individualization. To have possessed somewhat control and been able to resist seems to have granted a sense of honor and self-esteem for the detainees, not least after the war.

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2013. 404-404 p.
Keyword [en]
de-ritualization, sacred symbols, stigma, emotions, moral, humiliated self, sociologi, sociology
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Special Education; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48147ISBN: 978-88-97523-49-9OAI: diva2:877979
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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