By Monika Palmberger
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This e-book offers a profound perception into post-war Mostar, and the thoughts of 3 generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian urban. Drawing on a number of years of ethnographic fieldwork, it deals a vibrant account of the way own and collective stories are completely intertwined, and the way thoughts around the generations are reimagined and ‘rewritten’ following nice socio-political switch. targeting either Bosniak-dominated East Mostar and Croat-dominated West Mostar, it demonstrates that, even during this ethno-nationally divided urban with its divergent nationwide historiographies, generation-specific stories are the most important in how humans ascribe desiring to previous occasions. It argues that the dramatic and sometimes brutal modifications that Bosnia and Herzegovina has witnessed have resulted in adjustments in reminiscence politics, let alone disparities within the lifestyles events confronted by means of different generations in present-day post-war Mostar. This in flip has created diversifications in thoughts alongside generational traces, which have an effect on how contributors narrate and place themselves with regards to the country's heritage. This distinctive and fascinating paintings will attract scholars and students of anthropology, sociology, political technological know-how, historical past and oral historical past, rather people with an curiosity in reminiscence, post-socialist Europe and clash studies.
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The frequent succession of political regimes in the region of former Yugoslavia and their continuing efforts to rewrite local history have inclined social scientists to approach the region as a ‘laboratory’ for studying memory politics, whereby the ethno-national groups serve as the focus of analysis. The majority of research on Yugoslavia and her successor states concerning itself with memories and representations of the past thus has focused on partisan collective memory among the different ethno-national groups.
For example, young Bosniaks prefer to go shopping in West Mostar because shopping malls are bigger and fancier. Sometimes such shopping expeditions are combined with having a coffee in one of the chic cafés close by. On the other hand, a modern beauty salon opened during my stay in East Mostar, and it attracted Mostar’s Croats. Such ‘crossings’, however, do not mean that people feel at home on the side where they are in the minority (even though some of them grew up there). For example, a Bosniak woman of around 30 years of age told me that she feels watched in cafés on the west side.
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