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Searching for Home: The Formation and Preservation of Bosnian Bosniac Identity in Florida

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2007
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After the war and genocide that led to the collapse of Yugoslavia, the population was forced to redefine themselves along ethnic lines and the newly formed states. Because many families are ethnically mixed and are living abroad, this allows for a certain amount of personal preference in the choice of ethnic identity. One of the ethnicities from this region is the Bosniacs, who were denied a separate ethnic identity and called simply Muslim up until after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Now they are officially recognized but what does this mean to the individuals who identify with this group? This research focuses on Bosnian Bosniacs who are now residing in Florida and records what being Bosnian Bosniac means to immigrants in Florida, what constitutes the reasoning for this identification. and how local Bosnian Bosniacs go about confirming this identity both to themselves and those around them in their everyday lives.
Title: Searching for Home: The Formation and Preservation of Bosnian Bosniac Identity in Florida.
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Name(s): Cheek, Lauren
Harris, Michael S., Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2007
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 122 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: After the war and genocide that led to the collapse of Yugoslavia, the population was forced to redefine themselves along ethnic lines and the newly formed states. Because many families are ethnically mixed and are living abroad, this allows for a certain amount of personal preference in the choice of ethnic identity. One of the ethnicities from this region is the Bosniacs, who were denied a separate ethnic identity and called simply Muslim up until after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Now they are officially recognized but what does this mean to the individuals who identify with this group? This research focuses on Bosnian Bosniacs who are now residing in Florida and records what being Bosnian Bosniac means to immigrants in Florida, what constitutes the reasoning for this identification. and how local Bosnian Bosniacs go about confirming this identity both to themselves and those around them in their everyday lives.
Identifier: FA00000905 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2007.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Subject(s): Bosnian Americans--Ethnic identity.
Bosnian Americans--Cultural assimilation.
Emigration and immigration--Social aspects.
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995--Refugees.
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Sublocation: Digital Library
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