Construing Reconcilation - Lay People Definitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Qualitative Approach

Karić, Tijana and Mihić, Vladimir (2020) Construing Reconcilation - Lay People Definitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Qualitative Approach. Primenjena psihologija, 13 (2). pp. 211-242. ISSN 2334-7287

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To define intergroup reconciliation is still a dynamic topic in social-psychological research, and lay people are seldom included in the study. Given that post-conflict processes in the context of Bosnia and Herzegovina are still marked by ethnic divisions, the main aim of our research has been to explore how Serbs and Bosniaks define reconciliation. We applied focus groups methodology to investigate this question. Eight mono-ethnic focus groups were conducted with Serbs and Bosniaks, in Sarajevo and Banja Luka. 56 people participated in total. The results showed that both groups defined reconciliation in terms of accepting the outgroup, achieving ordinary life and political reconciliation. However, groups differed in certain definitions. Bosniaks conceptualized reconciliation as facing the past, resolving past issues, economic sustainability, and future orientation. Parts of definition provided mostly by Serbs included cooperation, respect, understanding, and building relationships. Results were discussed in the light of available reconciliation literature, as well as collective narratives about 1990s war.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina, ethnic divisions, postconflict society, reconciliation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: iksi iksi
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 19:31
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 13:54

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