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Title: Neo-Liberalism, the Islamic Revival, and Urban Development in Post-War, Post-Socialist Sarajevo
Authors: Moses, Zev
Advisor: Prudham, W. Scott
Department: Geography
Keywords: Urban Geography
Political-Economy
Issue Date: 22-Nov-2012
Abstract: This thesis examines the confluence between pan-Islamist politics, neo-liberalism and urban development in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After tracing a history of the Islamic revival in Bosnia, I examine the results of neo-liberal policy in post-war Bosnia, particularly regarding the promises of neo-liberal institutions and think tanks that privatization and inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) would de-politicize the economy and strip ethno-religious nationalist elites of their power over state-owned firms. By analyzing three prominent new urban developments in Sarajevo, all financed by FDI from the Islamic world and brought about by the privatization of urban real-estate, I show how neo-liberal policy has had unintended outcomes in Sarajevo that contradict the assertions of policy makers. In examining urban change, I bring out the role played by the city in mediating between both elites and citizens, and between the seemingly contradictory projects of pan-Islamism and neo-liberalism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33459
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