Förlåtelse, försoning och oförsonlighet i överlevandes berättelser efter kriget i Bosnien

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In this article I analyze verbally portrayed experiences of 27 survivors from the 1990s' war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. One aim of the article is to analyze markers for reconciliation and implacability, the second is to describe the terms for reconciliation which are actualized in those stories. The interactive dynamics, which occurred during the war, make the post-war reconciliation wartime associated. Narratives about reconciliation, implacability and terms for reconciliation, are not only formed in relation to the war as a whole but also in relation to one's own and others' wartime actions. The narratives about reconciliation become an arena in which we and them are played against each other in different ways not least by rejecting the others' acts during the war. In the interviewees stories implacability is predominant but reconciliation is presented as a possibility if certain conditions are met. These conditions are, for instance, justice for war victims, perpetrators' recognition of crime and perpetrators' emotional commitment (for example the display of remorse and shame).


  • Goran Basic
Research areas and keywords

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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • berättelse, emotion, oförsonlighet, försoning, sociolgy, sociologi, förlåtelse, forgiveness, reconciliation, implacability, emotions, narrative
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-68
JournalSociologisk Forskning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch

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