Emotions and their manipulation in ethnic conflicts: cases of Rwanda and Bosnia

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2015
Tıltak, Murat
This thesis analyses the motivations and the role of emotions that lead societies to ethnic fragmentation which eventually end up with massive hatred and identity based conflict. Constitution of social identity, description of identity along with ethnicity, power of emotions in constructing an extreme consciousness of ethnicity, perception of “us” and “the others” are discussed in order to understand the dynamics that create identity based fanaticism among ordinary civilians. Thesis also focuses on analyzing the role of emotions along with manipulatory efforts of political entrepreneurs by investigating historical cases of ethnic fragmentation. Lastly, thesis finalizes with investigating the role of identity and emotions in International Relations Theories to analyze social movements in international system.
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M. Tıltak, “Emotions and their manipulation in ethnic conflicts: cases of Rwanda and Bosnia,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.