"Movementising" the Margina. Recruitment to the Anti-War Campaign of Croatia
"Movementising" the Margina. Recruitment to the Anti-War Campaign of Croatia

Author(s): Bojan Bilić
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku
Keywords: Anti-War Campaign of Croatia; high-risk activism; recruitment

Summary/Abstract: The operation of the Anti-War Campaign of Croatia has remained under-theorised in spite of its importance for the present-day human rights oriented civic scene in this post-Yugoslav country. This paper draws upon in-depth interviews and documentary sources to examine both structural and motivational factors that propelled individuals towards participation in the Anti-War Campaign. Given that the war in the 1990s was perceived by the Croatian authorities and the general public as an act of aggression, the anti-war undertakings of its citizens were precarious and dangerous activities. In accordance with the McAdam model of recruitment to high-risk activism, this paper shows that the participants in the Anti-War Campaign were already involved in an extensive network of activist ties. The anti-war engagement was closely related to prior civil rights activity as well as to biographical availability. The Croatian anti-war activists in the early 1990s were predominantly urban university students or recent graduates occupying the narrow niche between freedom from parental supervision and the absence of adult responsibilities.

  • Issue Year: 49/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 41-59
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English