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Srebrenica As Discourse: An Ethnography of Power

Petrusic, Suzanne Elaine (2021) Srebrenica As Discourse: An Ethnography of Power. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The literature on power and resistance has long struggled to define discursive power as separate from the resistance used to influence it. Many studies have placed the individuals they’ve studied in the position of either being powerful or powerless in an effort to document, understand, and theorize both discursive power and resistance. Rather than placing individuals in positions of powerfulness or powerlessness, this research centers the discourse as power itself using Foucault’s theoretical framework on discursive formations. It examines the objects, authorities, and concepts endorsed by, on the one hand, a group of marginalized local residents of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on the other hand, a series of international visitors to the infamous town. Through interviews, ethnography, and participant observation, both groups are treated as equally powerful users and subjects of discourse. By examining the discursive power of each group and watching as individuals from each group try to influence each other’s image of Srebrenica, the research examines strategies of discursive influence and resistance, identifying a methodology for studying power that is promising for future research.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Petrusic, Suzanne Elainewagner.635@gmail.comsep122
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBamyeh,
Committee MemberMarkoff,
Committee MemberDuck,
Committee MemberHayden,
Date: 8 October 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2 July 2021
Approval Date: 8 October 2021
Submission Date: 3 August 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 125
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foucault, discursive formation, discursive power, resistance, Srebrenica, former Yugoslavia, nationalism, ethnic identity, ethnography
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 19:44
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 19:44


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