The ethics of researching war

Looking for Bosnia

By Elizabeth Dauphinee

The ethics of researching war


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7615-2
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: April 2007
  • BIC Category: Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Society & social sciences / International relations, Politics, International relations, PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
  • Series: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis


Developed through a series of encounters with a Bosnian Serb soldier, The ethics of researching war is a meditation on the possibilities and limitations of responding to the extreme violence of the Bosnian war. The book explores the ethics of confronting the war criminal and investigates the possibility of responsibility not just to victims of war and war crimes, but also to the perpetrators of violence. As such, The ethics of researching war is a consideration of the human encounter, exploring the political and scholarly strategies through which the 'human' is often dismissed as 'inhuman'. The book exposes the complexity of the categories of good and evil.


1. An accusation in the course of fieldwork
2. Responding to Others
3. Being there
4. On representation
5. On responsibility
6. The one for the other
7. Mourning
8. Letter to Stojan Sokolovic


Elizabeth Dauphinée is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester

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