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by Ivana Maček

  • Author: Ivana Maček
  • ISBN: 0812241266
  • ISBN13: 978-0812241266
  • ePub: 1222 kb | FB2: 1314 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Social Sciences
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (January 7, 2009)
  • Pages: 272
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Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime (The Ethnography of Political Violence) ePub download

Original, important, and exciting. Most ethnographies of war aren't actually conducted at the epicenters of war, nor even on the front lines.

Original, important, and exciting. Maček's is. She stands among a handful of scholars who combine true ethnography of war with enduring commitment to both academic and personal ethics. -Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame.

Ivana Maček, an anthropologist who grew up in the former Yugoslavia, argues that the division of Bosnians into antagonistic ethnonational groups was the result rather than the cause of the war, a view that was not only generally assumed by Americans and Western Europeans but also deliberately promoted by Serb, Croat, and Muslim nationalist politicians

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To this end, Ivana Maček’s new volume Sarajevo Under Siege-one of the most recent additions to the prolific University of Pennsylvania Press series The Ethnography of Political Violence-is a valuable and timely contribution as it offers yet another example of the rich detail and inquiry.

To this end, Ivana Maček’s new volume Sarajevo Under Siege-one of the most recent additions to the prolific University of Pennsylvania Press series The Ethnography of Political Violence-is a valuable and timely contribution as it offers yet another example of the rich detail and inquiry that can result when the ethnographer embeds him or herself in. ongoing conflict.

Sarajevo under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime. The Ethnography of Political Violence. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

After being initially besieged by the forces of the Yugoslav People's Army, Sarajevo was besieged by the Army of Republika Srpska from 5 April 1992 to 29 February 1996 (1,425 days) during the Bosnian War. The siege lasted three times longer than the Battle of Stalingrad and more than a year longer than the Siege of Leningrad.

Eastern European History Books. Sarajevo Under Siege : Anthropology in Wartime. This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. Paperback, Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, 2011, ISBN13 9780812221893, ISBN10 0812221893.

Moving beyond the shelling, snipers, and shortages, it documents the coping strategies people adopted and the creativity with which they responded to desperate circumstances.

Ivana Maček, Associate Professor, Director of studies, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. Her regional expertise is in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Sweden, and currently also in the transnational movement of Swedish professionals as well as second generation immigrants, a movement that is geopolitical, socio-cultural, and psychological.

Sarajevo Under Siege offers a richly detailed account of the lived experiences of ordinary people in this multicultural city between 1992 and 1996, during the war in the former Yugoslavia. Moving beyond the shelling, snipers, and shortages, it documents the coping strategies people adopted and the creativity with which they responded to desperate circumstances.

Ivana Maček, an anthropologist who grew up in the former Yugoslavia, argues that the division of Bosnians into antagonistic ethnonational groups was the result rather than the cause of the war, a view that was not only generally assumed by Americans and Western Europeans but also deliberately promoted by Serb, Croat, and Muslim nationalist politicians. Nationalist political leaders appealed to ethnoreligious loyalties and sowed mistrust between people who had previously coexisted peacefully in Sarajevo. Normality dissolved and relationships were reconstructed as individuals tried to ascertain who could be trusted.

Over time, this ethnography shows, Sarajevans shifted from the shock they felt as civilians in a city under siege into a "soldier" way of thinking, siding with one group and blaming others for the war. Eventually, they became disillusioned with these simple rationales for suffering and adopted a "deserter" stance, trying to take moral responsibility for their own choices in spite of their powerless position. The coexistence of these contradictory views reflects the confusion Sarajevans felt in the midst of a chaotic war.

Maček respects the subjectivity of her informants and gives Sarajevans' own words a dignity that is not always accorded the viewpoints of ordinary citizens. Combining scholarship on political violence with firsthand observation and telling insights, this book is of vital importance to people who seek to understand the dynamics of armed conflict along ethnonational lines both within and beyond Europe.

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