Journalistic views on post-violent peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Erjavec, Karmen, Volcic, Zala, Kovacic, Melita Poler and Vobic, Igor (2012). Journalistic views on post-violent peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Olivera Simic, Volcic, Zala and Catherine R. Philpot (Ed.), Peace psychology in the Balkans: Dealing with a violent past while building peace (pp. 91-108) New York, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-1948-8_6

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Author Erjavec, Karmen
Volcic, Zala
Kovacic, Melita Poler
Vobic, Igor
Title of chapter Journalistic views on post-violent peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Title of book Peace psychology in the Balkans: Dealing with a violent past while building peace
Place of Publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-1948-8_6
Open Access Status
Series Peace Psychology Book series
ISBN 9781461419471
1461419476
Editor Olivera Simic
Volcic, Zala
Catherine R. Philpot
Chapter number 6
Start page 91
End page 108
Total pages 18
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this chapter we focus on the media portrayal content of a specific ­traumatic event and journalists’ discourse about it in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH). Despite the growing role and authority of journalists in shaping our understanding of collective pasts, the possible role of journalists as active agents in contributing to heightening tensions has been marginalized. Analyzing media texts can demonstrate how a “specific, limited truth” about the start of war in BIH is being selected, instrumentalized, and legitimized in the public awareness. Focus on journalists’ perceptions of war and positive post-violence offers an understanding of different views about the start of the war, and guilt. This is why the basic research questions here deal with how journalists in BIH represent the violent past. Specifically, how do they cover a specific traumatic event and what are their perceptions about possibilities of realizing positive post-violence? Research on post-conflict processes looks at the ways in which people attempt to recreate their social fabric in ways appropriated to the changes in their social environment. Thus, the larger question that we are interested in here is whether journalists, like storytellers, frame their stories according to their ethnical belonging and the cultural environment? Furthermore, what media conditions might make possible positive post-violence after violent conflict?
Keyword Journalism
Media
Violent past
Traumatic event
Narratives
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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