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Iron in the soil: living with military waste in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Henig, David (2012) Iron in the soil: living with military waste in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Anthropology Today, 28 (1). pp. 21-23. ISSN 0268-540X. E-ISSN 1467-8322. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8322.2012.00851.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Waste, in particular the waste produced by conflicts, has become a serious matter of concern in recent scholarship on materiality and society. But what is military post-conflict waste, and what kind of materiality does it entail? This article retrains an ethnographic focus on post-conflict materiality away from visible and easily recognized entities such as politicized monuments, towards (in)visible and misrecognized war remnants, those parts buried in the soil, in trees and sometimes in people's bodies. The article focuses on people's quotidian practices of re-creating, re-relating to and re-dwelling in the world in the presence of military waste in rural Bosnia. It calls for an inclusive scholarship of materiality that takes the material-cum-emotional affects and effects that these material objects discharge upon persons as a matter of serious concern. The themes discussed in the article have far-reaching implications, not just for Bosnian postwar anthropology, but for critically engaged anthropology and the role of the discipline in the contemporary world.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1467-8322.2012.00851.x
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: D. Henig
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42787 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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