Narratives after the Bosnian War: Competition for Victimhood
2014 (English)In: Democracy, Citizenship and Urban Violence. 2nd Annual Conference of Urban Research and Development Society, Dhaka, March 12-13, 2014 / [ed] Hossain, Shahadat, Dhaka: Urban Research and Development Society , 2014, 3-3 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
My goal with this article is to analyze the retold experiences of 27 survivors of the 1990s war in northwestern Bosnia. I focus on describing the informants’ portrayal of “victimhood” as a social phenomenon as well as analyzing those discoursive patterns which contributed in constructing the category “victim”. When, after the war, different actors claim this “victim” status, it sparks a competition for victimhood. All informants are eager to present themselves as victims while at the same time the other categories’ victim status are downplayed. In this reproduction of competition for the victim role, all demarcations that were played out so successfully during the war live on.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dhaka: Urban Research and Development Society , 2014. 3-3 p.
war, crime, victimhood, victim, perpetrator, sociology, sociologi
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, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48132OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48132DiVA: diva2:878046
Democracy, Citizenship and Urban Violence. 2nd Annual Conference of Urban Research and Development Society, Dhaka, March 12-13, 2014