Definitions of Violence: Narratives of Survivors from the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina
2016 (English)In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ISSN 0886-2605, E-ISSN 1552-6518, 1-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of printText
Previous research on violence during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina has resulted in a one-sided presentation of the phenomenon of “war violence.” Researchers have emphasized the importance of narratives in general but have not analyzed stories on war violence that were the product of interpersonal interaction and meaning-making activity. The aim of this article is to fill this knowledge gap by analyzing survivor narratives of the 1990s war in northwestern Bosnia. The focus is on analyzing interviewees’ descriptions of wartime violence and the discursive patterns that contribute to constructing the phenomenon of “war violence.” My analysis reveals an intimate relationship between how an interviewee interprets the biographical consequences of war violence and the individual’s own war experiences. All interviewees described war violence as something that is morally reprehensible. These narratives, from both perpetrators of violence and those subjected to violence, recount violent situations that not only exist as mental constructions but also live on even after the war; thus, they have real consequences for the individuals and their society.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 1-25 p.
war, violence, perpetrator of violence, subjected to violence, narrative, Bosnia
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject 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; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Special Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48610DOI: 10.1177/0886260515622300OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48610DiVA: diva2:891531