The Resource "We are hungry in three languages" : mobilizing beyond ethnicity in Bosnia Herzegovina, Chiara Milan

"We are hungry in three languages" : mobilizing beyond ethnicity in Bosnia Herzegovina, Chiara Milan

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"We are hungry in three languages" : mobilizing beyond ethnicity in Bosnia Herzegovina
Title
"We are hungry in three languages"
Title remainder
mobilizing beyond ethnicity in Bosnia Herzegovina
Statement of responsibility
Chiara Milan
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Language
eng
Summary
This thesis examines the occurrence and spread of contentious collective action within a country, Bosnia Herzegovina, that historically does not bear a solid tradition of mobilization. In particular, the study focuses on the rise of mobilizations that transcend traditional ethno-nationalist cleavages, and involve individuals and groups that activate an identity other than the ethno-national one, still dominant in the Bosnian Herzegovinian society. I adopted the expression “beyond ethnicity” to label this type of mobilization, stressing that individuals and challenger groups involved in the protest overcame the centrality of ethnicity as social construct, privileging another commonality between individuals that deliberately superseded, and sometimes clashed with, the dominant ethno-national categories that had crystallized in the 1990s. This new, overarching identity is often grounded on feelings of deprivation. Informed by a five-year empirical research in the country, the study explores the variation in spatial and social scale of contention across three waves of mobilization that occurred between 2012 and 2014 and took divergent paths, despite similar socioeconomic structural conditions. Through a comparative case study approach, the thesis analyses three waves of protests, taken as manifestations of “mobilization beyond ethnicity”: “The Park is Ours” protests (2012), spawned from the defence of a public park of Banja Luka; the mobilization for civil rights of the children, which became known as #JMBG (2013); and the protests that erupted in Tuzla triggered by local workers, which turned into what activists defined as a “Social Uprising” (2014). The study explains why the waves of mobilization occurred between 2012 and 2014 spread unevenly across the national territory, involved diverse social groups, and entailed different degrees of disruption. The findings of this research demonstrate that a combination of factors both internal and external to the movements made the territorial and social shift upward more likely, and influenced the organizational patterns and action repertoires of the challengers. These factors are pre-existing networks among movement organizers; the resonance of “beyond ethnic” frames in certain cultural milieus; and a conducive political opportunity structure. In the conclusions, the thesis elucidates the implications of these findings for the study of social movements in the post-Yugoslav space
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Milan, Chiara
Date time place
Defence date: 21 October 2016
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2016
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Literary form
non fiction
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theses
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European University Institute
Series statement
  • EUI PhD theses.
  • EUI theses
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  • Protest movements
  • Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Social movements
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
Label
"We are hungry in three languages" : mobilizing beyond ethnicity in Bosnia Herzegovina, Chiara Milan
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/43808
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor László Bruszt, European University Institute (Supervisor) ; Professor Donatella della Porta, formerly EUI, Scuola Normale Superiore ; Professor Florian Bieber, University of Graz ; Professor Adam Fagan, Queen Mary University of London
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-267)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
FIEb17872662
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
267 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088471605
Label
"We are hungry in three languages" : mobilizing beyond ethnicity in Bosnia Herzegovina, Chiara Milan
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/43808
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor László Bruszt, European University Institute (Supervisor) ; Professor Donatella della Porta, formerly EUI, Scuola Normale Superiore ; Professor Florian Bieber, University of Graz ; Professor Adam Fagan, Queen Mary University of London
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-267)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
FIEb17872662
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
267 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088471605

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