This book provides a sociological account of the events in Bosnia in the 1990s, including ethnic cleansing, mass rape, and the role of political journalists. Drawing upon a diverse group of social theorists, including Merton, Weber, and Baudrillard, Sociology After Bosnia constructs a social understanding of the experiences of people in Bosnia and the response of Western leaders to these experiences. Beyond looking at the social causes of these events, Doubt sheds light on why Bosnia and Kosovo have largely been ignored by sociologists. He shows why the personal and social tragedies of people in Bosnia and Kosovo and the world's tolerance of these tragedies challenge contemporary sociological knowledge. Doubt argues that sociologists must be willing not only to recognize this challenge, but also to respond to it in order to construct meaningfully adequate accounts of war and genocide in a postmodern era. Doing so, he contends, may yield an important and needed reconsideration of the existing body of sociologicial knowledge and a revision of how this knowledge is applied.
Keith D. Doubt is associate professor of sociology at Truman State University.
Chapter 1 Acknomledgements Chapter 2 1 Sociology After Bosnia Chapter 3 2 On the Pathetic Hegemony of Face-Work Chapter 4 3 On the Last Function of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia Chapter 5 4 The Croat-Muslim War: An Inconvenient Fact Chapter 6 5 The Ritual of Shame and the Western Response to Bosnia Chapter 7 6 On the Dialectic of the Scapegoat in Kosovo Chapter 8 7 Feminism and Rape as a Transgression of Species-Being Chapter 9 8 The Iron Cage of Rationality in Bosnia: Max Weber and the UN Chapter 10 9 Charismatic Authority: Mladic in Bosnia Chapter 11 10 Journalism and Modern Ethics: Tim Judah and Roy Gutman Chapter 12 11 Chomsky's Problem: Fairness First Chapter 13 12 On the Injustice of Postmodernism: Peter Handke in Serbia Chapter 14 13 Against the Positivistic-Utilitarian Understanding of Bosnia Chapter 15 14 Justice and Peace Before Utilitarianism Chapter 16 Afterword Chapter 17 Film and Video Resources for Understanding Events in Bosnia Chapter 18 Glossary of Sociological Terms Chapter 19 Glossary of Names Chapter 20 Bibliography