Emerging Citizens: Youth, Education, and Reconciliation in Post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina


Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies


Department of Anthropology


This anthropological study of youth and education in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina (BH) explores the following tension: the internationally administrated reconciliation and democratization programs intend to build a reconciled nation and democratic state in BH yet they foster the production of ethnically divided and “denationalized” citizens that obstruct the creation of a viable state. An in-depth ethnography in the Mostar Secondary School explores this tension and provides detailed knowledge of the special role of education and youth in the everyday processes of reconciliation and democratization in a society splintered by violent ethnic conflict.