The Divided City and the Grassroots

The (Un)making of Ethnic Divisions in Mostar

  • Giulia Carabelli

Part of the The Contemporary City book series (TCONTCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Giulia Carabelli
    Pages 1-40
  3. Giulia Carabelli
    Pages 83-121
  4. Giulia Carabelli
    Pages 171-186
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-191

About this book


Focusing on Mostar, a city in Bosnia Herzegovina that became the epitome of ethnic divisions during the Yugoslav wars, this cutting edge book considers processes of violent partitioning in cities. Providing an in-depth understanding of the social, political, and mundane dynamics that keep cities polarized, it examines the potential that moments of inter-ethnic collaboration hold in re-imaging these cities as other than divided. Against the backdrop of normalised practices of ethnic partitioning, the book studies both ‘planned’ and ‘unplanned’ moments of disruption; it looks at how networks of solidarity come into existence regardless of identity politics as well as the role of organised grassroots groups that attempt to create more inclusive; and it critically engages with urban spaces of resistance. Challenging the representation of the city as merely a site of ethnic divisions, the author also explores the complexities arising from living in a city that validates its citizens solely through ethnicity. Elaborating on the relationships between space, culture and social change, this book is a key read for scholars, students, and urban practitioners studying ethnically divided cities worldwide. 


Ethnic Divisions in Rrban Spaces Bosnia and Violent Urban Partitions Polarization of Urban Spaces Inter-ethnic Collaboration and Divided Cities Urban Spaces of Resistance Citizenship and Ethnicity Urban Conflict in ex Yugoslavia

Authors and affiliations

  • Giulia Carabelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious DiversityGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-7777-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-7778-4
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