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Ethnic Mobilization, Violence, and the Politics of Affect

The Serb Democratic Party and the Bosnian War

Authors: Maksić, Adis

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  • Advances scholarly understandings of the conditions that lead to ethnicized violent events and war in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Offers new ways of understanding ethnically motivated conflicts in contexts and situations beyond Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Introduces a new theory of affect and its instrumental role in promoting ethnic sentiments in Bosnia-Herzegovina
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About this book

This book offers an unprecedented account of the Serb Democratic Party’s origins and its political machinations that culminated in Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War II. Within the first two years of its existence, the nationalist movement led by the infamous genocide convict Radovan Karadzic, radically transformed Bosnian society. It politically homogenized Serbs of Bosnia-Herzegovina, mobilized them for the Bosnian War, and violently carved out a new geopolitical unit, known today as Republika Srpska. Through innovative and in-depth analysis of the Party’s discourse that makes use of the recent literature on affective cognition, the book argues that the movement’s production of existential fears, nationalist pride, and animosities towards non-Serbs were crucial for creating Serbs as a palpable group primed for violence. By exposing this nationalist agency, the book challenges a commonplace image of ethnic conflicts as clashes of long-standing ethnic nations. 

About the authors

Adis Maksic is Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies at International Burch University in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He has also served in several peacekeeping missions in the Balkans.

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“The book is highly innovative in the way it brings together discourse analysis, insights from cognitive science and psychology and carefully researched empirical data to produce an account of how the SDS, led by Radovan Karadžić, was able to attract the bulk of Serb votes … . This is an essential book for anyone interested in the Bosnian war, but also important for anyone studying the dynamics of ethnic conflict, nation formation and the idea of nation as discourse.” (Sarah Correia, LSE Review of Books, blogs.lse.ac.uk, December, 2017)

“This pioneering work offers a new understanding of the sources of violent Serbian separatism in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s as well as the origins of ethnonational conflict globally.  Drawing ably upon contemporary political science theory, Adis Maksic convincingly attributes Serbian ethnic violence to a synergistic combination of leadership agents relentlessly pursuing political change, widespread mobilization of material and human resources, and a carefully wrought narration of the Serb people’s past and present.” (Robert Donia, Research Associate, University of Michigan, USA)

“Why did Bosnia-Herzegovina, a land of peaceful coexistence, descent into violent ethnic cleansing seventeen months after its first multi-party elections? Central to any answer are the actions of the Serb Democratic Party, the party of Radovan Karadžić. In this path-breaking book Adis Maksic argues that affective appeals and performances fueled this party's rise into power and thereafter towards the destruction of Bosnia. Songs, music and marches made ethnic cleaning possible.” (Gerard Toal, Professor of Government and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Ethno-Politicization

    Maksić, Adis

    Pages 1-20

  • Ethnic Nationalism as Bodily Pedagogy: Affect, a Regime of Feeling, and Discourse Coalitions

    Maksić, Adis

    Pages 21-54

  • Riding the Tide of Nationalism: The Collapse of Yugoslav Party-State and the Emergence of SDS

    Maksić, Adis

    Pages 55-86

  • Contextualizing Agency: The Discourse of SDS in a Spiral of Polarization

    Maksić, Adis

    Pages 87-110

  • Networks of Circulation: The Origins and Modalities of SDS BiH

    Maksić, Adis

    Pages 111-144

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-48293-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-48292-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-83907-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethnic Mobilization, Violence, and the Politics of Affect
Book Subtitle
The Serb Democratic Party and the Bosnian War
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48293-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48293-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48292-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83907-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 281
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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