Exploring recent configurations of social relations in post-socialist, post-war, post-Yugoslav Bosnia and Herzegovina this collection of ethnographic research turns an analytical lens on questions of sociality. Contributions based on long-term, in-depth research projects explore how people in different parts of BiH make and remake social relations and outline how their practices of sociality relate to donor-set priorities and formal human rights provisions. The book explores the socio-political concerns which have emerged within BiH, incites interdisciplinary conversations and sheds critical light on ways of engaging with these concerns and discusses forms of sociality, politics and agency which remain largely absent from the official political discourse and practice of local and foreign actors. Explicitly focusing on social relations in BiH against the historical background of both war and Yugoslav socialism, and directly placing these in relation to authoritative discourses and policies regarding BiH today brings the different strands together while the commentaries of specialists who have studied BiH in different ways explicitly situates the contribution of ethnographic work in the country.
Dr Stef Jansen is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester (UK). Based on ethnographic research in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, he has published widely on transformations of home and hope with regard to statecraft, place, nation and post-Cold War reconfigurations.
Dr Carna Brkovic is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg (Germany).
Dr Vanja Čelebičić is Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the project Youth and Citizenship in Divided Societies at the University of Durham. Her research interests include topics such as borders, locality, temporality, age, visual anthropology and sensory media.