Re-Making Kozarac

Agency, Reconciliation and Contested Return in Post-War Bosnia

  • Sebina┬áSivac-Bryant

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sebina Sivac-Bryant
    Pages 1-27
  3. Sebina Sivac-Bryant
    Pages 29-62
  4. Sebina Sivac-Bryant
    Pages 63-87
  5. Sebina Sivac-Bryant
    Pages 125-147
  6. Sebina Sivac-Bryant
    Pages 149-166
  7. Sebina Sivac-Bryant
    Pages 167-189
  8. Sebina Sivac-Bryant
    Pages 191-207
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 209-214

About this book


This book explores agency, reconciliation and minority return within the context of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. It focuses on a community in North-West Bosnia, which successfully reversed the worst episode of ethnic cleansing prior to Srebrenica by fighting for return, and then establishing one of the only successful examples of contested minority return in the town of Kozarac. The book is a result of a longitudinal, decade-long study of a group of people who discovered a remarkable level of agency and resilience, largely without external support, and despite many of the people and institutions who were responsible for their violent expulsion remaining in place. 

Re-Making Kozarac considers how a community's traumatic experiences were utilised as a motivational vehicle for return, and contrasts their pragmatic approach to local compromise with the ill-informed and largely unsuccessful international projects that try to cast them as powerless victims. Importantly, the book offers critical reflections on the interventions of the trauma and reconciliation industries, which can be more harmful than is currently realised. It will be of great interest to scholars of criminology, anthropology and international relations.


criminology international relations war studies military studies post-conflict identity ethnicity ethnic cleansing trauma anthropology minorities intervention NGOs memory funerals war crimes women

Authors and affiliations

  • Sebina┬áSivac-Bryant
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent scholarLondonUnited Kingdom

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