What Identities in the Present May Mean for the Future of the Western Balkans

  • Iris Žeželj
  • Felicia Pratto


The post-conflict generation experiences ethno-religious identity as being thrust upon them, regardless of how much they care about belonging to such groups. Language and physical barriers segregate groups; in addition, one ethnic group in each nation is promoted above others in constitutions and political rhetoric. Because religious groups and ethnicities overlap almost perfectly, identifying with one is the same as identifying with the other, and that leaves little opportunity to develop complex identities that can overlap with those of different others. Yet young adults do not want inequality to be made of the meaning of their social identity and minor changes in social practices could help build nations as communities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iris Žeželj
    • 1
  • Felicia Pratto
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutMansfieldUSA

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