Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lived narratives, everyday trauma, and the aftermath of the Bosnian war: Human rights as living practice
by Richards, Jessie Woolley, Ph.D., The University of Utah, 2016, 215; 10163084
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation draws from research in memory studies, discourse analysis, ethnographic methods, and human rights rhetoric to argue that analysis of on-the-ground discourses in the form of lived narratives advances how we think about human rights. Eleven Bosnian Americans who came to Salt Lake City, Utah as a result of the Bosnian war in the mid-1990s were interviewed. I examine how participants share stories about prewar, wartime, and postwar life, and how trauma emerges from those narratives in the form of “traumatic breach” and “(dis)placement trauma”. My findings suggest that a practice of human rights is more effectively understood as lived, accounting for the enduring embodiment of trauma manifest throughout these collected, lived narratives, rather than as physical, static manifestations of violence. As opposed to universalist conceptions of justice put forth by The Hague, this research pays attention to local particularities as significant groundwork for theorizing human rights violations and war trauma.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mathison, Maureen M.
Commitee: Andrus, Jennifer, Boyle, Casey, Choi, Suhi, Hawes, Leonard
School: The University of Utah
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Utah
Source: DAI-A 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Communication, Sociolinguistics, Rhetoric
Keywords: Bosnia, Narrative, Rhetoric, Trauma, War, Yugoslavia
Publication Number: 10163084
ISBN: 9781369178562