Everyday Ethno-National Identities of Young People in Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Jessie Hronesova (Author)
Monographs IV, 116 Pages


This book examines the salience and role of ethno-national identities of young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina fifteen years after the end of the Bosnian War. The underlying argument is that ethno-national identities and boundaries in Bosnia are not constituted and maintained through intensive social contact as constructivists such as Fredrik Barth and Thomas Eriksen have argued, but rather through a lack of it. The author shows that cross-ethnic contact is a critical mechanism that helps, rather than hinders, the building of multiple and complimentary identities. She proposes that contrary to the constructivist arguments, the actual content of identities such as descent and religion matter for the intensity and malleability of identities. The fieldwork material demonstrates that identities can become multilayered in situations where the «other» is personalized and experienced.


IV, 116
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (August)
Nationalism Ethnicity Serbia Croatia Sarajevo Srebrenica
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 116 pp., 9 fig.

Biographical notes

Jessie Hronesova (Author)

Jessie Hronešová holds a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research interests include nationalism in Europe, ethnic and national identities, and socio-political transitions to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. She is junior research assistant at the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague. She has authored and co-authored several academic articles, and has co-edited a volume on collective identities in the European Union.


Title: Everyday Ethno-National Identities of Young People in Bosnia and Herzegovina