Date of Award

2020

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group

Anthropology

First Advisor

Sigal Ben-Porath

Second Advisor

Gregory Urban

Abstract

Set in post-accord Bosnia-Herzegovina, where belonging to one of three, ethno-nationally defined, groups is a prerequisite for full socio-political rights, this project investigates the lived reality of those who voluntarily self-identify outside of these categories, becoming ostali, or “others.” Through ethnographically engaging, within the University of Sarajevo, with individuals who resist the primacy of ethnic groupings by adopting a transcendent, rather than differentiated notion of citizenship, this project illuminates notions of affective belonging operationalized as challenges to the consociational democratic model put in place by internationally driven post-conflict reforms.

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