Extreme Case of Crisis: Definitions of War Violence in Narratives of Survivors from the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ekstremni slučaj krize: Definicije ratnog nasilja u pričama preživjelih poslije rata u Bosni i Hercegovini
2015 (English)In: Crisis Management Days. 8th International Scientific Conference, University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, Velika Gorica, Croatia (20150514-20150515), University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, Velika Gorica, Croatia , 2015, 104-105 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
The starting point of this paper is the war that took place in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina and more specifi cally interpersonal interpretations of violence and the biographical impact of wartime violence. Serbian soldiers and police targeted their use of violent force directly against the civilian populations in northwestern Bosnia. In their quest to expel Bosniacs and Croats from this area, Serbian soldiers and police used mass executions, forced fl ight, systematic rape, and concentration camps. The aim of this paper is to fi ll this knowledge gap through analyzing the stories told by survivors of the war in northwestern Bosnia during the 1990s. The purpose is to analyze how the survivors describe wartime violence and which discursive patterns emerge in the construction of the category “war violence”. My questions are as follows: How do the interviewees describe war-time violence? Which categories of violence are highlighted in the stories? How do war survivors describe sexual violence and other sexual abuse during the war? In this study, I seek to touch on the phenomenon of “war violence” by analyzing the narratives of the informants, namely their descriptions in relation to themselves and others. This analysis will show that the interpretation of the biographical consequences of war violence is intimately related to the subject’s own war experiences. Further, I will try to highlight how the creation of the concept “war violence” is made visible when the interviewees, in the empirical material, talk about (1) a new social order in society, (2) human suff ering, (3) sexual violence, and (4) slaughter of humans.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, Velika Gorica, Croatia , 2015. 104-105 p.
violence, war, perpetrator of violence, subjected to violence, narrative, Bosnia
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies; Social Sciences; Social Sciences, Poliskunskap
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48097DiVA: diva2:878192
Crisis Management Days. 8th International Scientific Conference, University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, Velika Gorica, Croatia (20150514-20150515)