Healing and Peacebuilding after War: Transforming Trauma in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Healing and Peacebuilding after War

Transforming Trauma in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1st Edition

Edited by Julianne Funk, Nancy Good, Marie E. Berry


256 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together multiple perspectives to examine the strengths and limitations of efforts to promote healing and peacebuilding after war, focusing on the aftermath of the traumatic armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This book begins with a simple premise: trauma that is not transformed is transferred. Drawing on multidisciplinary insights from academics, peace practitioners and trauma experts, this book examines the limitations of our current strategies for promoting healing and peacebuilding after war, while offering inroads into best practices to prevent future violence through psychosocial trauma recovery and the healing of memories. The contributions create a conversation which allows readers to critically rethink the deeper roots and mechanisms of trauma created by the war.

Collectively, the authors provide strategic recommendations to policymakers, peace practitioners, donors and international organizations engaged in work in Bosnia and Herzegovina— strategies that can be applied to other countries rebuilding after war.

This volume will be of much interest to students of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, social psychology, Balkan politics and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Julianne Funk

Part I: Incorporating Trauma Healing into Peacebuilding Practice

2. Fundamentals of Trauma: Confronting the myths and widening the spectrum for peacebuilding Nancy Good and Julianne Funk

3. Holistic Healing: A Case for Integrating Trauma Recovery and Peacebuilding Kristina Hook

4. Building Peace in Complex Contexts of Psychosocial Trauma: An Integrative Framework Barry Hart

Part II: How to Remember and Tell Stories of Trauma

5. ‘I Can(not) Remember’: The Creation of Collective Narratives in Post-war Bosnia & Herzegovina Alma Jeftić

6. Creating a Multidirectional Memory for Healing in the Former Yugoslavia Stephanie C. Edwards

7. Remembering Side by Side: Transforming Relationships through Storytelling Edita Ćolo Zahirović

Part III: Women’s Resilience

8. Victim or Survivor? Choosing Identity after Wartime Sexual Violence Zilka Spahić Šiljak

9. ‘The War Changed Me’: Bosnian Women, Resilience and the Search for Peace Marie E. Berry

10. From Subjects of Stories to Agents of Change: Countering Dominant Discourses of Women and Peacebuilding Jessica M. Smith

Part IV: From Justice to Artistic Expression: Practices of Working with Trauma

11. Symbolic Forms of Transitional Justice for Social Restoration in Bosnia & Herzegovina Mina Rauschenbach, Stephan Parmentier and Maarten Van Craen

12. Taking Play Seriously: Creative Processing of Trauma through Expressive Arts Kathryn Mansfield

13. Conclusion Marie Berry

About the Editors

Julianne Funk is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Greece, and Managing Editor of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

Nancy Good is a trauma therapist and international therapist consultant with The KonTerra Group and Portland Trauma Recovery. For 20 years she was faculty with Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, USA.

Marie E. Berry is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

The field of peace and conflict research has grown enormously as an academic pursuit in recent years, gaining credibility and relevance amongst policy makers and in the international humanitarian and NGO sector. The Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution series aims to provide an outlet for some of the most significant new work emerging from this academic community, and to establish itself as a leading platform for innovative work at the point where peace and conflict research impacts on International Relations theory and processes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology