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The Contemporary City

The Divided City and the Grassroots

The (Un)making of Ethnic Divisions in Mostar

Authors: Carabelli, Giulia

  • Critically discusses the limits of mainstream representations of Mostar as a site of ethnic hatred
  • Examines complexities arising from living in a city that validates its citizens solely through ethnicity
  • Provides a key contribution to the fields of urban conflict studies and the politics of social movements in the context of socio-cultural segregation
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About this book

Focusing on Mostar, a city in Bosnia Herzegovina that became the epitome of ethnic divisions during the Yugoslav wars, this cutting edge book considers processes of violent partitioning in cities. Providing an in-depth understanding of the social, political, and mundane dynamics that keep cities polarized, it examines the potential that moments of inter-ethnic collaboration hold in re-imaging these cities as other than divided. Against the backdrop of normalised practices of ethnic partitioning, the book studies both ‘planned’ and ‘unplanned’ moments of disruption; it looks at how networks of solidarity come into existence regardless of identity politics as well as the role of organised grassroots groups that attempt to create more inclusive; and it critically engages with urban spaces of resistance. Challenging the representation of the city as merely a site of ethnic divisions, the author also explores the complexities arising from living in a city that validates its citizens solely through ethnicity. Elaborating on the relationships between space, culture and social change, this book is a key read for scholars, students, and urban practitioners studying ethnically divided cities worldwide. 

About the authors

Giulia Carabelli is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany. She holds a PhD in Sociology at Queen's University Belfast, a Masters in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, London and a BA in History of Islamic Architecture at Ca’Foscari University of Venice. Her research interests lie at the intersection of urban sociology, cultural studies, and political theory. She received the Higginson Leadership Award in 2014. 

Reviews

“The Divided City and the Grassroots is a theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich challenge to current understandings of urban divisions. Drawing on ethnographic research in Mostar, Carabelli shows the both the complex plurality of everyday urban life and the potential of grassroots movements to challenge ethnic-nationalist narratives of separateness. The Divided City is an important intervention in debates about divided societies and post conflict cities.” (Dr Martin Coward, Reader in International Politics, The University of Manchester, UK and author of Urbicide: The politics of urban destruction, 2008)

“This theoretically sophisticated and ethnographically attuned study is unique in its ability to take seriously ethnic segregation in Mostar, while, at the same time, illuminating multiple discourses and processes that generate supra- and trans-ethnic practices, entanglements, and visions for the future.” (Azra Hromadžić, Associate Professor and O'Hanley Scholar, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, US and author of Citizens of Empty Nation: Youth and State-Making in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2015)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Carabelli, Giulia

    Pages 1-40

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  • Imagining, Planning, and Building Mostar After the War

    Carabelli, Giulia

    Pages 41-81

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  • The Everyday Life of Mostar

    Carabelli, Giulia

    Pages 83-121

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  • Grassroots Movements and the Production of (Other) Space(s)

    Carabelli, Giulia

    Pages 123-169

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  • Conclusion

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    Pages 171-186

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Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-7778-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-7777-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover n/a
  • ISBN 978-3-642-48353-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Divided City and the Grassroots
Book Subtitle
The (Un)making of Ethnic Divisions in Mostar
Authors
Series Title
The Contemporary City
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-7778-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-7778-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-7777-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-48353-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 191
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations
Topics