Narratives of Former Bosnian Detainees: Concentration Camp Rituals
2014 (English)In: Sigurnost urbanih sredina (”The Security of Urban Areas”), Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina, May 16, 2014, 2014, 145-146 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
This article analyzes the experiences retold by former concentration camp detainees who were placed in concentration camps like civilians at the beginning of the Bosnian war in the 1990s. The article aims to describe the recounted social interaction rituals after time spent 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 designation of ‘concentration camp detainee’. The retold stories of violation and power rituals in the camps show that there was little space for individuality. Nevertheless, 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 some control and been able to resist seems to have granted the detainees a sense of honor and self-esteem, not least after the war. Their narratives today represent a form of continued resistance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 145-146 p.
sacred symbols, stigma, humiliated self, emotions, de-ritualization, sociology, sociologi, sociologija
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 Psychology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48128OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48128DiVA: diva2:878066
Sigurnost urbanih sredina (”The Security of Urban Areas”), Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina, May 16, 2014