Jaws of the nation and weak embraces of the state: The lines of division, indifference and loyalty in Bosnia-Herzegovina
KünyeDevic, A. (2014). Jaws of the nation and weak embraces of the state: The lines of division, indifference and loyalty in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In P. Kolsto (Ed.), Strategies of Symbolic Nation-building in South Eastern Europe (pp. 51-86). Farnham, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.
After the conflagration of Tito’s Yugoslavia a medley of new and not-so-new states rose from the ashes. Some of the Yugoslav successor states have joined, or are about to enter, the European Union, while others are still struggling to define their national borders, symbols, and relationships with neighbouring states. Strategies of Symbolic Nation-building in South Eastern Europe expands upon the existing body of nationalism studies and explores how successful these nation-building strategies have been in the last two decades. Relying on new quantitative research results, the contributors offer interdisciplinary analyses of symbolic nation-building in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to show that whereas the citizens of some states have reached a consensus about the nation-building project other states remain fragmented and uncertain of when the process will end. A must-read not only for scholars of the region but policy makers and others interested in understanding the complex interplay of history, symbolic politics, and post-conflict transition.