Journalistic views on post-violent peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Karmen Erjavec, Zala Volcic, Melita Poler Kovacic, Igor Vobic

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In this chapter we focus on the media portrayal content of a specific traumatic event and journalists' discourse about it in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH). Despite the growing role and authority of journalists in shaping our understanding of collective pasts, the possible role of journalists as active agents in contributing to heightening tensions has been marginalized. Analyzing media texts can demonstrate how a "specific, limited truth" about the start of war in BIH is being selected, instrumentalized, and legitimized in the public awareness. Focus on journalists' perceptions of war and positive post-violence offers an understanding of different views about the start of the war, and guilt. This is why the basic research questions here deal with how journalists in BIH represent the violent past. Specifically, how do they cover a specific traumatic event and what are their perceptions about possibilities of realizing positive post-violence? Research on post-conflict processes looks at the ways in which people attempt to recreate their social fabric in ways appropriated to the changes in their social environment. Thus, the larger question that we are interested in here is whether journalists, like storytellers, frame their stories according to their ethnical belonging and the cultural environment? Furthermore, what media conditions might make possible positive post-violence after violent conflict?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeace Psychology in the Balkans: Dealing with a Violent Past while Building Peace
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781461419488
ISBN (Print)9781461419471
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Narratives
  • Traumatic event
  • Violent past

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