THE VERNACULAR DISCOURSES OF HISTORICAL VICTIMAGE OF KOSOVO SERBS AND ALBANIANS
This ideological criticism study examines the vernacular discourses of historical victimage of Kosovo Serbs and Albanians. The participants amalgamate personal and collective memories with official national histories to explain present victimization as a continuance of historical victimage. This use of the past legitimizes their national and political claims, and also justifies violence against the other group. Historical victimage offers a rationale for hating the Other and perpetuating a vicious cycle of violence in intractable conflict.