_____Collective experiences in the former Yugoslavia:a societal psychology approach.- Collective experiences and collective memories: writing the history of crisis, wars, and the 'balkanisation of Yugoslavia'.- Ethnic intolerance, a product rather than a cause of war: Revisiting the state of the art.- The demise of mixed marriage? A cross-generational outlook on ethnic boundaries between families.- The destruction of multiethnic locations: Markers of identity and the determinants of residential trajectories.- Compliance and resistance to the logic of ethnic conflict during the siege of Sarajevo.- Beyond ethnic intolerance: traces and benefits of ethnic diversity in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina.- From collective victimhood to social reconstruction: Outlining a conceptual framework.- Declared enemies: Personal and social logics of collective guilt assignment.- When nobody stood up and everybody is guilty: a puzzle of individual responsibility and collective guilt.- Threatened powers: When blaming "the others" grows out of internal instability and protest.- Shattered beliefs: How to cope when the world is not a just place .- Beyond collective denial: Public reactions to human rights violations and the struggle over the moral continuity of communities.- War and community: What have we learned about their inter-relations?.
Collective experiences in the former Yugoslavia documents and analyses how social representations and practices are shaped by collective violence in a context of ethnic discourse. What are the effects of violence and what are the effects of collectively experienced victimisation on societal norms, attitudes and collective beliefs? This volume stresses that mass violence has a de- and re-structuring role for manifold psychosocial processes. A combined psychosocial approach draws attention to how most people in the former Yugoslavia had to endure and cope with war and dramatic societal changes and how they resisted and overcame ethnic rivalry, violence and segregation. It is a departure from the mindset that depict most people in the former Yugoslavia as either blind followers of ethnic war entrepreneurs or as intrinsically motivated for violence by deep-rooted intra-ethnic loyalties and inter-ethnic animosities.