In a recent interview with the Book Nook’s Vick Mickunas, Wittenberg University Professor of Sociology Keith Doubt discussed the importance of kinship patterns to Bosnian national identity, which he explores in his latest book, Ethnic and National Identity in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Kinship and Solidarity in a Polyethnic Society (Lexington Books, 2019). This was Doubt’s second appearance on the author interview program that airs weekly on WYSO, the greater Dayton area’s National Public Radio member station.
Doubt’s interest in Bosnia began early in his career, as the Bosnian War, which occurred from 1992-1995 during the breakup of Yugoslavia, captured international attention. Since then, he has written five books on Bosnia, and his most recent work, co-authored with Adnan Tufekčić, aims to demonstrate the resilience of the society, despite a war and genocide that claimed the lives of 150,000 people and displaced more than 2 million.
In his interview with Mickunas, Doubt describes the kinship patterns that form a Bosnian national identity, in spite of the ethnic complexity found within its diverse society. He also discusses the impact of the Dayton Peace Accords on Bosnia almost 25 years after the historic event held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ended the war.
Doubt joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2000 and currently serves as chair of the department of sociology. Two Fulbright Awards have allowed him to travel to and live in Bosnia, first as a Senior Fulbright Scholar on the faculty of political science at the University of Sarajevo in 2001 and again as the recipient of a Fulbright Flex Grant that involved teaching and research in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the last three summers.
The Book Nook interview is now available as a podcast at https://www.wyso.org/post/book-nook-ethnic-and-national-identity-bosnia…