Cultural Capital in Times of Crisis

The Fragmentation of Sarajevo’s Post-War Cultural Elite

In: Southeastern Europe
Jasmina Gavrankapetanović-Redžić University of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina JSPS, Doshisha University, Japan,

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The crisis of state cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina that started in 2010 peaked with the closure of the National Museum in 2012. The crisis exposed the fragmentation that was taking place within Sarajevo’s cultural elite and the increasing gap between the former state cultural institutions and the civil sector. This paper examines the entanglement between the memory of the siege of Sarajevo and the fractioning within Sarajevo’s cultural elite through Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital and social distinctions, using the examples of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Sarajevo Film Festival.

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