Hegemony and imagined communities in the Bosnian uprisings

Hakan Eroglu, Anne Sofie Hagen Herskind, Fationa Bode & Sofie Holten Møller

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


In response to widespread corruption, unemployment, and poverty the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina rose up in 2014 in an uprising containing a series of demonstrations and organized plenums. However, despite similar material conditions there were almost no participation from the entity of Republika Srpska. In this project, we have sought to nuance our understanding of the conditions needed for people to rise up by investigating what could have caused this lack of participation. We understand the uprising as a Gramscian counterhegemony challenging the hegemony of the status quo, and seek to understand, using Bourdieu, the nuances within it, which shapes the difference in participation by examining how different habitus gets constructed in different socio-political fields. We find different patterns suggesting that the production of a strong imagined community in Republika Srpska, as well other socio-political factors, could be part of the explanation of the lack of participation. The fields where we find potential for the construction of a habitus which discourages participation are the fields of education, religion, language, political elites and structures, as well as international affinities.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato29 maj 2017
Antal sider49
VejledereLine Engbo Gissel


  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Imagined Communites
  • Gramsci
  • Hegemony
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Habitus
  • Social Constructivism
  • ethnicity
  • social uprising
  • consociationalism
  • ethno-nationalism
  • protest