Vol. 7 nr. 1 | 2014 – The multi-functionality of the body in conflict
Voicu Alexandru ___________________________________________________________________
The cardinal feature of any conflict of the present time as well as of the past history is the presence of the human body. Weather we are talking about civil wars, inter-state wars or ethnic wars, all of them are intrinsically linked with the human body. Nonetheless, whenever the body is part of a conflict, it is automatically involved in multi-layered power relations, which are able to ‘invest it, mark it, train it, torture it, force it to carry out tasks’ (Foucault 1991 , 25). Hence, the aim of this paper is to bring a cogent argument on the inter-play between body and conflict, particularly the role of the body in the ex-Yugoslav Wars and the power relations it had been involved throughout the 90’s.