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Psychology - Community Psychology | War, Community, and Social Change - Collective Experiences in the Former Yugoslavia

War, Community, and Social Change

Collective Experiences in the Former Yugoslavia

Series: Peace Psychology Book Series, Vol. 17

Spini, Dario, Elcheroth, Guy, Corkalo Biruski, Dinka (Eds.)

2014, XII, 241 p. 24 illus., 6 illus. in color.

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  • Contains 'voices' section that are primary source accounts of the war in the former Yugoslavia
  • Provides diverse research perspectives on the effects of collective violence on communities
  • Explores interdisciplinary approaches to helping communities deal with the aftermath of war and trauma

War, Community, and Social Change documents and analyses how social representations and practices are shaped by collective violence in a context of ethnic discourse. What are the effects of political violence, and what are the effects of collectively experienced victimization on societal norms, attitudes, and collective beliefs? This volume stresses that mass violence has a de- and re-structuring role for manifold psychosocial processes. The interdisciplinary approach draws attention to how most people in the former Yugoslavia had to endure and cope with war and dramatic societal changes, but also how they faced and resisted ethnic rivalry, violence, and segregation. It is a departure from the belief that depicts most people in the former Yugoslavia as either blind followers of ethnic war entrepreneurs or as extremists intrinsically motivated for violence by deep-rooted intra-ethnic loyalties and inter-ethnic animosities.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » collective victimhood and collective resistance - compliance and resistance in ethnic conflict - determinants of residential trajectories - ethnic intolerance - intermarriage among ethnic groups - residential mobility

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Political Science - Population Studies

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