Ex-combatants as civic activists in post-conflict societies: KLA members in Kosovar civil society

Agusholli, Lirika and Çelik, Ayşe Betül (2022) Ex-combatants as civic activists in post-conflict societies: KLA members in Kosovar civil society. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies . ISSN 1468-3857 (Print) 1743-9639 (Online) Published Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14683857.2022.2068258

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Claiming that ex-combatants should be seen as addressing different societal needs in post-conflict societies through varied civic work, this study tries to answer how KLA ex-combatants perceive the roles they play in the civil life of post-conflict Kosovo and how they think their communities perceive them and their civic activities. It utilizes data from state, NGO, and international organizations’ reports, and 15 semi-structured in-depth interviews with the KLA ex-combatants. It shows that ex-combatants describe themselves as civic activists enthusiastic about helping their communities and rebuilding the post-conflict society. How KLA members perceive social relations in post-conflict Kosovo and their past experiences shape their understanding of the role of peacebuilding through civic activism, resulting in different perceptions of peace and their worth in their society.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: civic life; ex-combatants; KLA; Kosovo; post-conflict societies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Political Science
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ayşe Betül Çelik
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2022 14:33
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2022 14:33
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/44462

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