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“Thank God, Pythagoras was not from Bosnia”: A study about the dynamics of categorizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this ethnography of national categorizations and dynamics ofdifferentiation of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the author examines theexperiences and perceptions of people outside the three national groups,Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs. Namely, people engaging in interethnicrelationships over ethnonational borders and people maintaining an identity,other than the three constitutionally recognized national groups. The studyexplores the changes in national categories, the meaning people ascribe themand the effect of this categorization in the society, as well as the role ofreligion in the process of constituting national identities in Bosnia andHerzegovina.Three months of fieldwork were conducted in Konjic during 2011 and threemonths in Sarajevo in 2011 and 2012. The analysis is based on participantobservations and informal interviews with about 30 people in Sarajevo andKonjic.The study shows that people outside the national triad suffer from negativefeelings of discrimination in the political sphere and in some cases also inthe working life and education. The whole society of Bosnia andHerzegovina is evolving around an equal national representation of the threeconstitutional national groups, meaning that everyone not declaringthemselves as Serbs, Croats or Bosniaks do not have the same possibilitieson the labour market and in the political sphere. People of BiH haveexperienced a change from “brotherhood and unity” to ethnonational categorizations with an emphasis on religion as the main divider between thepeople.Forged in the war, and continued after up to this date, this division does notseem to work very well. The informants in this study suggest that aconstitutional change is a way to change the bad politics of nationalism intogood politics of Bosnian citizenship.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 129 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 37
Keyword [en]
Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslavia, Sarajevo, Konjic, war, categorizations, national groups, ethnonational identity, Others, mixed marriage
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210010DiVA: diva2:660400
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-10-29 Last updated: 2013-11-26Bibliographically approved

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