Zaira Lofranco

This chapter on post-war Sarajevo concentrates on the imposition of the new ‘inter ethnic boundary line’ that divides ‘Serbian’ Sarajevo from the rest of the city. This imposition changed many neighbourhoods, as people were either forced to leave, or found themselves living with new, albeit ethnically ‘correct’ neighbours. These recent mono-ethnic neighbourhoods have drastically disrupted the everyday associations and relationships that make for local belonging. The supposed ties of shared ethnicity cannot overcome other barriers to sociability: different social-economic groups’ disparate ways of being sociable; the seemingly incommensurate practices of long-term city dwellers and recently immigrated country cousins. The result, Lofranco argues, has been a reformulation of neighourhood time-space.

in Migrating borders and moving times