Claiming ownership in postwar Croatia. The dynamics of property relations and ethnic conflict in the Knin region
(Halle studies in the anthropology of Eurasia 9)
Berlin: Lit Verlag 2006
403 pp., Euro 29.90; ISBN 3-8258-8049-4
Keywords: ownership (Croatia), property, ethnic conflict, conflict over property, war and property, Catholicism and conflict, Orthodox Church and conflict

##The book analyses inter-group relations in a war-torn region of postsocialist Croatia which previously had a large Serbian population. The focus is on the legitimising discourses, structures and agencies which regulate access to houses and land. It explores the role of ethnicity and locality in everyday life and in politics and shows that the views of Knin Croats often diverge from those of recent Croatian immigrants. The study contributes to theories of conflict and reconciliation as well as to the anthropology of postsocialism and legal anthropology... The book is structured as follows: The first chapter introduces the central research focus, the theoretical implications and the methods used in the study. Chapters 2 and 3 provide the historical background to postwar property and community relations in the Knin region, while chapter 4 analyses the changing property in the region after the cessation of of war in 1995. Chapter 5 deals with the slow and difficult process of house repossession by their Serbian owners, and ch. 6 extends this by analysing inter-group relations with respect to land access and land use. Chs. 7 and 8 provide further background to the analyses of the complex power-play in postwar Croatia by looking at the role of both the Catholic and Orthodox churches and their local festivals, as well as local election campaigning by the various political parties.##