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The Social Construction of Man, the State and War Identity, Conflict, and Violence in Former Yugoslavia by Franke Wilmer

The Social Construction of Man, the State and War Identity, Conflict, and Violence in Former Yugoslavia


The Social Construction of Man, the State and War Identity, Conflict, and Violence in Former Yugoslavia by Franke Wilmer

The Social Construction of Man, the State, and War is the fist book on conflict in the former Yugoslavia to look seriously at the issue of ethnic identity, rather than treating it as a given, an unquestionable variable. Combining detailed analysis with a close reading of historical narratives, documentary evidence, and first-hand interviews conducted in the former Yugoslavia, Wilmer sheds new light on how ethnic identity is constructed, and what that means for the future of peace and sovereignty throughout the world.


In a study of the consequences of socially constructing indentity & ehtnic conflict for understanding war, the late-20th-century conflict that occured in the former Yugoslavia is analyzed in illustration...Several rounds of interviews with individuals who lived through the ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavia were conducted.

-J.W. Parker, Sociological Abstracts

Although [Wilmer] uses the voices and experiences of Yugoslavs to give her exploration immediacy, she goes deep into psychoanalytical, feminist, constructivist, and international relations theories of identity, conflict, violence, and their larger embodiments: the state and war. This is a brave and humane intellectual enterprise because it addresses head on issues that others either ignore or handle with philosophical or literary flourish.

-Foreign Affairs

Polished, innovative, critical and insightful. This book may well be one of the best studies, if not just the best, written on the topic of war and enemy construction over the past ten years..

-Francois Debrix, Florida International University

An extraordinary effort, intellectually more ambitious than anything I have read about any ethnic conflict..

-Ted Robert Gurr, University of Maryland

Based on an in-depth study of atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, the book teaches: there is no such thing as an innocent chauvinism, no escape from moral responsibility in our shrinking world. Lucidly and compassionately written, Wilmer's text is a vade mecum for people in a traumatized age..

-Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame

About the Author

Franke Wilmer is Associate Professor of Political Science at Montana State University, and serves on the editorial board of International Studies Quarterly.

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Publication date

18th July 2002


Franke Wilmer

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Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


358 pages


Ethnic studies
Theory of warfare & military science



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