This exploratory comparative case study examines hopes and fears for self and country of 300 students attending university in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. Students report living in stressful societies where ethno political and state violence were the norm. The results of this qualitative study indicate that while the young people are optimistic about their life changes, they are concerned that the conflicts could re-ignite and spiral out of control. In particular, the students’ images indicate the importance of the self-society relationship and that these young adults relish the challenge of being productive citizens in their post-conflict societies.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, case study, Northern Ireland, societies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, state violence. stress, young adults
Byrne, Sean; McLeod, Colleen; and Polkinghorn, Brian
"University Students from Four Ethnopolitical Conflict Zones: An Exploratory Study of Perceptions of Self and Country,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 11:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol11/iss2/2