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“My Friends Are My Safety Net”: Friendship Amongst Young Adults in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the unique post-war and post-socialist arena several recent studies onformer Yugoslavian countries indicate that young people confronted by challengesof risk and uncertainty are turning away from the national and politicalsphere. Instead, they often seek trust and opportunities in their networks and relationshipson a personal level. This thesis explores the narratives and everydaypractices of young adults in Sarajevo regarding their friendship sociabilities. The aim is to provide an insight on how friendships are characterised, experiencedand related to the specific social and economic organisations that influencesthem.

Based on fieldwork carried out in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina myproject wants to present how young adults are reflecting and developing aspirationsin the light of their available choices and opportunities in life and how theyare using their friends in order to access various types of benefits and support. It is argued that in specific contexts friendships constitute the main social capitals and orientation points for young people. In order to explore and navigate through the different interests and agendas present in their community when it comes to personal education, career development and housing young peoplenecessarily choose to favour the reliance on their informal solidarities in form offriendships.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 133 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 45
Keyword [en]
friendship, young adults, sociability, social identity, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, social capital
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-212403DiVA: diva2:677683
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-12-10 Last updated: 2014-04-11Bibliographically approved

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