War, Community, and Social Change

Collective Experiences in the Former Yugoslavia

  • Dario Spini
  • Guy Elcheroth
  • Dinka Corkalo Biruski

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

  3. War and the Violent Experience of Community: How Ethnic Boundaries Became Part of Social Reality

  4. Community and the Traumatising Experience of War: Collective Dimensions of Vulnerability and Resilience

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-241

About this book


War, Community, and Social Change documents and analyses how social representations and practices are shaped by collective violence in a context of ethnic discourse. What are the effects of political violence, and what are the effects of collectively experienced victimization on societal norms, attitudes, and collective beliefs? This volume stresses that mass violence has a de- and re-structuring role for manifold psychosocial processes. The interdisciplinary approach draws attention to how most people in the former Yugoslavia had to endure and cope with war and dramatic societal changes, but also how they faced and resisted ethnic rivalry, violence, and segregation. It is a departure from the belief that depicts most people in the former Yugoslavia as either blind followers of ethnic war entrepreneurs or as extremists intrinsically motivated for violence by deep-rooted intra-ethnic loyalties and inter-ethnic animosities.


collective victimhood and collective resistance compliance and resistance in ethnic conflict determinants of residential trajectories ethnic intolerance intermarriage among ethnic groups residential mobility

Editors and affiliations

  • Dario Spini
    • 1
  • Guy Elcheroth
    • 2
  • Dinka Corkalo Biruski
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Social SciencesUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Social SciencesUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Dept of PsychologyUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7490-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7491-3
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