CONTESTED SITES: ETHNIC CONFLICT AND URBAN GOVERNANCE IN A BOSNIAN TOWN

Ana ACESKA

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Abstract: The built environment of a city – like landmarks, monuments, street signs – is often managed and manipulated by the state and ethnic or religious elites in various ways and contexts. This paper aims to understand the peculiarities of these processes in ethnically divided cities. This is important to understand as the change and politics of monumentality and landmarks in ethnically divided cities are important contributors to the national ethnic stability and in the same time important factors in ethnic conflicts. The particular case in focus is the city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Keywords: ethnically divided cities, landmarks, urban governance, Mostar, post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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