In spite of the growing literature on discourse analysis, the relationship of discourse to violent/non-violent outcomes of conflict is an under-researched area. This book combines theories on ethnic conflict, identity construction and discourse analysis with a comprehensive and inclusive survey of the countries of the former Yugoslavia. It presents an understanding of the interrelationship between 'words' and 'deeds' grounded through an extensively close analysis of film, television and newspapers samples taken from the period. This combination of ground-breaking applications of theory with detailed empirical case studies will make Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts of key interest to scholars across a range of social sciences including sociology, discourse analysis, media, conflict and peace studies as well as those concerned with ethnopolitical conflict.
Pål Kolstø is a Professor in the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo, Norway
'...the book not only contributes to a better understanding of why violence did/did not erupt in the former Yugoslavia, but also advances our understanding of the relationship of discourse to violence in general. This study provides a valuable contribution to our understanding of the media contexts and practices that shape conflict outcomes.' National Identities 'Collectively, the authors put together a balanced, well informed and intellectually stimulating book which adds to a better understanding of both the Yugoslav conflict and the role of media in it.' European Journal of Communication 'This volume constitutes an excellent overview and analysis of media discourse in the former Yugoslavia and provides a fresh approach to the analysis of key events surrounding the breakup of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia and the conflicts that erupted on its territory between 1991 and 2004... the volume's editor successfully weaves together topics in the study of ethnic conflict, identity formation, and discourse analysis and critically examines the role of media discourse in inflaming conflict, reinforcing new identities, or reinterpreting historical narratives and events. His conclusion very effectively brings together many of the disparate and multifaceted strands brought out in the case study chapters. Overall, the volume is significant in its reliance on the media sources in the local Balkan languages, which would have otherwise been inaccessible to an English-speaking audience.' Slavic Review '...definitely worth reading for those interesting in the role of media in conflicts. It offers a complex theoretical frame plus a number of CDA based case studies which are especially interesting as they look at the reciprocity of the discourses of the conflict parties.' Politics and Culture '... KolstÃ¸ and his colleagues break a lot of new ground and thus deserve great praise for their work. Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflict will no doubt ensure that s