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Title: Gender, citizenship and the promises of peace : the case of post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina
Author: Deiana, M. A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2722 2762
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis seeks to interrogate, from a feminist perspective, the question of citizenship in the transition from ethno-national conflict to peace. By focusing on the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina, this study investigates the dynamics, local and international, shaping women's citizenship in the current political context achieved with the Day ton Peace Agreement (DPA) which put an end to the Bosnian war in 1995. Drawing on the feminist scholarship which examines the gender dynamics embedded in post-conflict transformation, this thesis seeks to re-asses the promises of change encapsulated in the achievement of (relative) peace. This naturally entails bringing into sharp focus the problematic assumptions underlying the dominant definitions of citizenship in Post-Day ton Bosnia-Herzegovina. This study demonstrates that the official discourse, disguised under the cloak of ethno-national belonging, produces a notion of citizenship which is intrinsically exclusionary and gendered. Accordingly, this thesis argues that, since the post-conflict transformation has generally retained and reproduced elements of the gender order embedded in the ethno-nationalist discourses and in the consequent phase of conflict, the promises of achieving a more equitable society through the consolidation of peace have not been fulfilled. This study reveals a complex picture in which certain dynamic9 embedded in the current political arrangements of Bosnia-Herzegovina and in the international agenda hinder collective efforts to re-imagine and re-enact citizenship outside the dominant ethno-national logic. At the same time, the research illuminates new instances and locales for women's citizenship discourses and practices.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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