Representations of Self and Other
Combines theories on ethnic conflict, theories on identity construction and discourse analysis with a comprehensive and inclusive survey of the countries of the former Yugoslavia, embracing film, radio, television and newspapers. This book is suitable for those concerned with ethnopolitical conflict.
In spite of the growing literature on discourse analysis, some of which focuses on representations of self and other, the analysis of the relationship of discourse to violent/non-violent outcomes of conflicts is an under researched area. This book combines theories on ethnic conflict, theories on identity construction and discourse analysis with a comprehensive and inclusive survey of the countries of the former Yugoslavia, embracing film, radio, television and newspapers. As such, it presents an understanding of the interrelationship between 'words' and 'deeds', grounded in close reading and extensive analysis of specific media texts of the period, an understanding which permits broad comparisons with other similar conflicts. Combining ground-breaking applications of theory with detailed empirical case studies, "Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts" will be of interest not only to those concerned with ethnopolitical conflict, but to scholars across a range of social sciences including sociology, discourse analysis and media, conflict and peace studies.
Introduction: discourse and violent conflict: representation of self and other in Yugoslav successor states, Pal Kolsto; Media discourse and the politics of ethnic conflict: the case of Yugoslavia, Tarik Jusic; Reorganizing the identification matrix: televisual construction of collective identities in the early phase of Yugoslav disintegration, Sabina Mihelj, Veronika Bajt and Milos Pankov; Foreclosing the other, building the war: a comparative analysis of Croatian and Serbian press discourses during the conflict in Croatia, Ivana Duric and Vladimir Zoric; Events and sites of difference: Mark-ing self and other in Kosovo, Nita Luci and Pedrag Markovic; The Yugoslav succession wars and the war for symbolic hegemony, Jovo Bakic and Gazela Pudar; Relations between Montenegro and Serbia from 1991 to 2006: an analysis of media discourse, Dorde Pavicevic and Srdan Durovic; Spinning out of control: Bosnia and Herzegovina project media coverage in the Bosnian conflict, Michal Sladec and Amer Dzihana; 'Spinning out of control': mutual reinforcement discourse in Macedonia?, Zhidas Daskalovski; The semantics of silence, violence and social memory: the storm of the Croatian and Serbian press, Gordana Deric; Self and other in Balkan (post-)war cinema, Nedin Mutic; Conclusion: Discourse and violence, Pal Kolsto; Bibliography; List of media sources; Index.