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By Elissa Helms

The 1992–95 struggle in Bosnia-Herzegovina following the dissolution of socialist Yugoslavia turned infamous for “ethnic detoxing” and mass rapes concentrating on the Bosniac (Bosnian Muslim) inhabitants. Postwar social and political approaches have endured to be ruled through competing nationalisms representing Bosniacs, Serbs, and Croats, in addition to these assisting a multiethnic Bosnian kingdom, during which narratives of victimhood take heart degree, usually in gendered shape. Elissa Helms exhibits that during the aftermath of the battle, tasks through and for Bosnian girls perpetuated and complex dominant photographs of ladies as sufferers and peacemakers in a clash and political method led by means of males. In a sober corrective to such debts, she bargains a serious examine the politics of women’s activism and gendered nationalism in a postwar and postsocialist society.

            Drawing on ethnographic examine spanning fifteen years, Innocence and Victimhood demonstrates how women’s activists and NGOs replied to, challenged, and sometimes strengthened essentialist photographs in affirmative methods, using the ethical purity linked to the placement of victimhood to strengthen social claims, form political visions, pursue overseas investment, and salary campaigns for postwar justice. Deeply delicate to the discomfort on the middle of Bosnian women’s (and men’s) wartime reports, this ebook additionally finds the restrictions to options that emphasize innocence and victimhood.

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