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This book presents narratives of the social use of space in the divided city of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Through the narratives of movement in the city, the work demonstrates how residents engage informally with conflict transformation through new movement and use of spaces. This book will appeal across the social sciences, and in particular to students, academics, and researchers in the fields of peace and conflict studies, political sociology, and human geography.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Space, Time and Mostar: Welcome to Mostar

Abstract
This chapter introduces the interactivity of space, time, memory and movement as variables of how we experience and understand space. Crucially, the chapter introduces the participants and discusses their path to involvement in the research. Following this the chapter introduces the concepts of rescripting and restaging, and the relevancy of human geography to the field of peace and conflict research by discussing spatial research approaches. Through introducing the core themes of the work, the chapter sets the stage for the spatial discussion of movement as conflict transformation in Mostar
Susan Forde

Chapter 2. Rescripting and Restaging: Spatialising Structure and Agency

Abstract
This chapter discusses the intricacies of spatialising structure and agency and maps out the concepts of rescripting and restaging. The chapter begins by looking at the social performativity of use of space and how space is inherently social. Next the agentive capability for social actors to transform space is introduced, and the relationship between rescripting and restaging, as agentive and structural concepts respectively, is explored. Through discussing these concepts within four spaces of peace (institutional, urban, social and personal) the work sets out how staging impacts on social actors’ capability to rescript and transform space.
Susan Forde

Chapter 3. Spatialising Conflict Transformation: Spaces of Peace (and Conflict)

Abstract
This chapter presents a spatial understanding of conflict transformation through firstly considering the theoretical origins of the concepts of place and space identity; and then presenting how these constructs contribute to peace and conflict. Next the establishment of space is discussed through the concepts of restaging and rescripting. The chapter then moves on to map the discussion surrounding spaces of peace (institutional, urban, social, and personal) in which, this work considers conflict transformation may occur. The context of the interacting dynamics of restaging and rescripting is discussed through the outlined conceptual and physical spaces of peace (and conflict).
Susan Forde

Chapter 4. Mostar Through Time: Staging and Scripting in the City

Abstract
Beginning with a brief reflection on the topography and ancient history of Mostar, this chapter discusses historical spatial transformation in the city. The chapter provides a historical context of the city through Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian occupation up to the post-conflict time period. The chapter looks at the city across space and time, and discusses large scale spatial transformation in Mostar. It introduces participant narratives of movement during the 1992–1995 war and then focuses in on the post-conflict staging of the city as divided through the staging of the Dayton Agreement
Susan Forde

Chapter 5. Spatial Narratives in the City: Art, Graffiti, and Movement

Abstract
This chapter starts by looking at narratives of transformative movement through street art, graffiti, broad patterns of movement, and education. In focus, the Street Arts Festival (SAF) in Mostar is discussed as an actor which facilitates conflict transformation in the city, through street art. Comparably, graffiti is also discussed but as divisive scripting in space. The chapter then discusses different variables of movement and the impact of corruption on the reconstruction of the city. Social narratives of contemporary movement in the context of the institutional divides are then introduced and followed by a discussion of the impact of the divided education system in the city.
Susan Forde

Chapter 6. Social Constellations of Transformation: Space, Place and Transformation

Abstract
This chapter presents the agentive capabilities of social actors to rescript (or transform) staged space. Through a detailed discussion of various spaces of movement in the city the conflict transformation potential of social movement, which may be intentional or unintentional is demonstrated. This the chapter also explores sub-divisions of movement in the city and how these sub-divisions may sometimes transcend the ethno-nationalistic divide. Overall, the chapter presents research participants as active collaborators in the staging and scripting of the city and as capable of contributing to the post-conflict space through spatial transformation.
Susan Forde

Chapter 7. Rescripting Spaces and Places: Mostar and Other Divided Cities

Abstract
Through the narratives of social movement in Mostar in the spaces discussed in Chapter 6, this chapter draws together the constellations of transformation in the city and underscores the interactivity of rescripting and restaging in the city. The transferability of the theoretical framework and methodology is also explored with regard to other (divided) cities through an emphasis on the sometimes intangibility of conflict transformation. Critically, this chapter concludes on the agentive capability of social actors to rescript space through movement, and discusses how this translates to conflict transformation in theory, but also in practice, in Mostar, and theoretically other divided cities.
Susan Forde

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