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Concentration Camp Rituals: Narratives of Former Bosnian Detainees
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6151-0934
2015 (English)In: Humanity & Society, ISSN 0160-5976, 1-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of printText
Abstract [en]

In the German camps during the Second World War, the aim was to kill from a distance, and the camps were highly efficient in their operations. Previous studies have thus analyzed the industrialized killing and the victims' survival strategies. Researchers have emphasized the importance of narratives but they have not focused on narratives about camp rituals, or analyzed post-war interviews as a continued resistance and defense of one’s self. This article tries to fill this gap by analyzing stories told by former detainees in concentration camps in the Bosnian war during the 1990s. The article aims to describe a set of recounted interaction rituals as well as to identify how these rituals are dramatized in interviews. The retold stories of humiliation and power in the camps indicate that there was little space for individuality and preservation of self. Nevertheless, the detainees seem to have been able to generate some room for resistance, and this seems to have granted them a sense of honor and self-esteem, not least after the war. Their narratives today represent a form of continued resistance.

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2015. 1-22 p.
Keyword [en]
power ritual, humiliated self, de-ritualization, resistance, status ritual, stigma
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Special Education; Social Sciences; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Police Work; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48579DOI: 10.1177/0160597615621593OAI: diva2:890609
Available from: 2016-01-04 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2016-04-20

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