Dissatisfied citizens: Ethnonational governance, teachers’ strike and professional solidarity in mostar, Bosnia–Herzegovina

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Abstract

This ethnographic and anthropological study documents the contours of professional solidarity among teachers in postwar and postsocialist Bosnia-Herzegovina. The article illustrates how ethnically divided Croat and Bosniak teachers at the first ‘reunified’ school in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina – the famed Mostar Gymnasium – came together to strike together, and to voice their profession-shaped citizen demands. These teachers frequently referred to themselves as nezadovoljni gradani or dissatisfied citizens, stressing the generational, moral and economic aspects of their predicament. The combined feelings of citizen-dissatisfaction, loss of social status and being left out of administrative procedures – which enable access to rightful entitlements – led to the formation of a teachers’ protest group across the lines of ethnic citizenship. These joint actions generated a shift in the teachers’ political subjectivities, however provisional, and they probed the horizon of ethnic politics in postwar and postsocialist Bosnia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-446
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Politics and Society
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Bosnia–Herzegovina
  • Citizenship
  • Ethnic governance
  • Mostar
  • Professional solidarity
  • Teachers’ strike

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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