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Author Pickering, Paula M. (Paula May), 1966- author.

Title Peacebuilding in the Balkans : the view from the ground floor / Paula M. Pickering
Published Ithaca [N.Y.] : Cornell University Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (viii, 242 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Introduction: The view from below -- Below the surface -- Self-understandings versus power -- The dilemma of migration -- Sites for building bridges -- The plague of politics -- Implications for Eurasia
Summary After suffering years of war, Bosnia is now the target of international efforts to reconstruct and democratize a culturally divided society. The global community's strategy has focused on reforming political institutions, influencing the behavior of elite populations, and cultivating nongovernmental organizations. But expensive efforts to promote a stable peace and a multiethnic democracy can be successful only if they resonate among ordinary people. Otherwise, such projects will produce fragile institutions and alienated citizens who will be susceptible to extremists eager to send them back into war. Paula M. Pickering challenges the conventional wisdom that common people are merely passive recipients of peacebuilding projects. Instead, in Peacebuilding in the Balkans, she shows how ordinary people, particularly minorities in Bosnia, understand elite rhetoric and actively shape reconstruction. Pickering's years of fieldwork-direct observation, interviews, and analysis of many surveys-has yielded a precise understanding of how ordinary citizens react to and influence peacebuilding programs in their neighborhoods, workplaces, municipal agencies, and other real-life social settings. The evidence suggests that international efforts to rebuild an inclusive Bosnia will be futile unless they pay sufficient attention to citizens' varying ties to ethnic groups, indigenous forms of civic activity, and the development of nondiscriminatory employment and responsive political institutions. Pickering's insights from reconstruction in the Balkans have important implications for peacebuilding elsewhere in Eurasia
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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SUBJECT Conference on Disarmament gnd
Subject Peace-building -- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Return migration -- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnians -- Ethnic identity
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Refugees -- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ethnic relations
Politics and government
Return migration
Gesellschaftliches Bewusstsein
Politische Einstellung
Kriget i Jugoslavien 1991-1995.
Flyktingar -- Bosnien och Hercegovina.
Fredsarbete -- Bosnien och Hercegovina.
Etniska konflikter -- Bosnien och Hercegovina.
SUBJECT Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Politics and government -- 1992-
Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Ethnic relations
Subject Bosnia and Herzegovina
Europäische Union.
Bosnien och Hercegovina -- politik och förvaltning.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780801463464