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Gender and Citizenship

Promises of Peace in Post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina

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  • Draws on feminist ethnographic and narrative traditions to challenge abstract understandings of war/peace and revisit the implications of post-conflict international interventions.
  • Deploys a multidimensional approach centred on belonging, agency and spaces of activism to explore the remaking of women’s citizenship in the aftermath of conflict and international intervention.
  • Tracks consociationalism‘s gendered exclusions beyond the institutional domain foregrounding discursive and non-discursive ramifications in the public and private practices of everyday life.

Part of the book series: Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies (RCS)

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This book examines the remaking of women’s citizenship in the aftermath of conflict and international intervention.  It develops a feminist critique of consociationalism as the dominant model of post-conflict governance by tracking the gendered implications of the Dayton Peace Agreement. It illustrates how the legitimisation of ethnonationalist power enabled by the agreement has reduced citizenship to an all-encompassing logic of ethnonational belonging and implicitly reproduced its attendant patriarchal gender order. Foregrounding women’s diverse experiences, the book reveals gendered ramifications produced at the intersection of conflict, ethno-nationalism and international peacebuilding. Deploying a multidimensional feminist approach centred around women’s narratives of belonging, exclusion, and agency, this book offers a critical interrogation of the promises of peace and explores individual/collective efforts to re-imagine citizenship.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

    Maria-Adriana Deiana

About the author

​Maria-Adriana Deiana is a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland. Her research draws on feminist approaches to war and security. It focuses on gender dynamics of conflict and post-conflict transformation, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, EU border politics and peacekeeping.

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