Practicing solidarity: ‘reconciliation’ and Bosnian protest movements

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Lai, D. (2019). Practicing solidarity: ‘reconciliation’ and Bosnian protest movements. Ethnopolitics.
AuthorsLai, D.
Abstract

This paper asks whether, and in what sense, civic protests can contribute to some form of ‘reconciliation’. Focusing on the 2014 protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it analyses the actions and activities involved in the practice of protesting. In this context, reconciliation can be understood as civic solidarity: a forward-looking commitment to fighting for social justice and against the privileges of political elites. Solidarity is not only built horizontally across social or ethnic groups, but also vertically through opposition to the ruling ethnonationalist elite. Solidarity-building activities such as protests, however, are hindered by an institutional system that crystallises social divisions and dilutes citizens’ efforts.

Year2019
JournalEthnopolitics
PublisherRoutledge/Taylor & Francis
ISSN1744-9057
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/17449057.2019.1653016
Publication dates
Online23 Aug 2019
Publication process dates
Accepted05 Aug 2019
Deposited07 Aug 2019
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License
CC BY 4.0
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