Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xv

A question from the audience when I recently presented my work on rape survivor activists was discouraging. Why would I question the victimhood of these women, I was asked. I had been careful, as I have in this book, to stress the difference but also compatibility between my sympathy for survivors and condemnation of war atrocities ...

Language and Pronunciation Guide

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pp. xvi-xvii

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xviii-xx

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Introduction

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pp. 3-24

On February 18, 2006, nearly fourteen years after the beginning of the Bosnian war, a film by a young Sarajevan woman director won a Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Jasmila Žbanić’s Grbavica was billed as a movie about the infamous mass rapes committed mainly by Serb forces against Bosnian Muslim (Bosniac) women ...

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Chapter 1. Victims and Peacemakers: Contextualizing Representations

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pp. 25-46

Mention women and Bosnia and your first association is likely to be one of two iconic images: distraught women in headscarves and traditional Muslim dress fleeing ethnic cleansing, their ragged children and few belongings in tow; or the shamed and silenced young Muslim victim of rape and forced pregnancy, ...

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Chapter 2. Wartime: Gender, Nationalism, and Sexualized Violence

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pp. 47-89

The gatekeeping effects I have described are of course based in the realities of war and ethno-nationalism as major factors in the profound transformations that Bosnian society has undergone in recent years. There is thus no escaping these topics in any discussion of present-day Bosnia, but they must be approached critically. ...

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Chapter 3. The NGO Boom: Women's Organizing and Foreign Intervention in the Wake of War

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pp. 90-119

During the first few years after the end of the war, NGOs were “springing up like mushrooms after the rain,” as it seemed to Šehida, the leader of Bosanka in Zenica.1 Cynical urbanites joked that any old nobody who could gather the signatures of twenty-nine of their relatives and friends (as the law then stipulated) could become an NGO. ...

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Chapter 4. The Nationing of Gender: Nationalism, Reconciliation, Feminisms

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pp. 120-157

The political structures laid out at Dayton, now the BiH constitution, and the foreign intervention agencies charged with postwar reconstruction had solidified, in some respects even created, a logic of collective representation, even as the purported goal was to create a stable, multiethnic BiH state (Mujkić 2007a, 2007b). ...

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Chapter 5. Politics Is a Whore: Women and the Political

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pp. 158-192

“I don’t have anything to do with politics!” Halima quickly shot back as soon as the word “political” had come out of my mouth. I had started to ask her how she saw her work as spiritual counselor to women victims of gender-based violence at Medica. ...

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Chapter 6. Avoidance and Authenticity: The Public Face of Wartime Rape

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pp. 193-224

November, 2005: The cobbled lanes of Sarajevo’s Baščaršija teem with pedestrians. Foreign delegations and increasing numbers of tourists admire the Ottoman-era architecture and browse shops full of local handicrafts. Locals drink Bosnian coffee and eat baklava on the “sweet corner” of cafes or grab pita or čevapi for lunch. ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 225-248

In the last days of 2008, speaking to the governing board of the SDA as the leading Bosniac party, party president Sulejman Tihić, himself a survivor of a Serb concentration camp during the war, called for a new set of priorities in “Bosniac-Bosnian politics.” They needed to set aside the “passive position of the victim ...

Notes

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pp. 249-276

References

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pp. 277-304

Index

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pp. 305-326