Collective Visions for Citizenship and Challenges of Transversal Politics as Practice

  • Maria-Adriana DeianaEmail author
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter explores opportunities to building alliances across women’s multiple positions, as well as shared interests with other marginalized groups. While the notion of transversal politics might be a seductive theoretical concept, paying attention to the participants’ perspectives and lived experiences highlights how painstakingly difficult is creating and sustaining solidarities in difference in the complex scenario of post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Transversal politics Civil society Women’s activism Feminism Ethno-nationalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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