Peacebuilding and culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Resistance or emancipation?

Kappler, Stefanie and Richmond, Oliver (2011) Peacebuilding and culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Resistance or emancipation? Security Dialogue, 42 (3). pp. 261-278. ISSN 0967-0106

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This article investigates problems and pitfalls involved in the EU’s peacebuilding activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It claims that by romanticizing civil society and selectively reinforcing existing power structures, the European Union has failed to give society a stake in the peace that is being created in that country. Against this background, the article goes on to argue that local responses and forms of resistance have begun to emerge in Bosnia and Herzegovina, challenging the EU’s peacebuilding mission to move towards a more contextualized engagement with local society. Rather than focusing exclusively on the EU’s formal institutional mechanisms, a more contextualized approach would seek to include a wide variety of local agencies and create a space in which Bosnian society might develop alternative versions of peace that relate to people’s everyday lives. The main challenge for the EU, the article concludes, is to take the diversity of Bosnia’s local voices seriously in efforts to promote a hybrid, sustainable peace.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications journal Security Dialogue
Keywords: European Union, peacebuilding, civil society, Bosnia and Herzegovina, resistance, agency
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 10:05
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 11:17

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