The limits of bridge building:
Laurie Taylor hears about the limits of bridge building. Nine years ago this month the Stari Most – Mostar’s beautiful and iconic Old Bridge finally succumbed to months of Serbian shelling and Croatian artillery. The pictures of its final collapse into the river seemed to symbolise for many the end of the old unified and multi-ethnic Bosnia.
In the current climate, where destructive war follows destructive war, thinking about the ways and means of post-war reconstruction has never been more important. And in Bosnia rebuilding the old bridge has been seen by virtually every player in Bosnia’s story as a priority.
Michael Ignatieff, writer and broadcaster and student of the West’s interest in putting the world to rights visited Bosnia earlier this year to investigate the hope invested in rebuilding the bridge. This afternoon he explains his concern that rebuilding a bridge, however beautiful, only means rebuilding a bridge. It does not symbolise reconciliation between Mostar’s fractured communities who show few signs of having either forgiven or forgotten.
Policing crowds, football hooliganism and racism:
Also this week, how to make a crowd behave? In the wake of renewed calls to conquer racism in football, we hear from two experts with different but related concerns about current levels of literal and legislative crowd policing. Have we taken a step too far in criminalising all aspects of the crowd? Laurie Taylor debates the issue with Steve Reicher, social psychologist at St Andrew’s University and joint editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and Dr Carlton Brick, a post-doctorate research fellow at Roehampton, university of Surrey and co-ordinator of the Centre for Cultural Research in Sport.
Michael Ignatieff is the director of the Carr Centre for the Politics of Human Rights at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy: Kennedy School of Government, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge MA02138 - tel: (617) 495-5819
University of St Andrews: St Andrews, Fyfe, KY16 9AJ Scotland – tel: 01334 476161
Roehampton, University of Surrey, Sport Sciences department, Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane, LondonSW15 5PU – tel: 020 8392 3000
Fear and Loathing in World Football edited by Gary Armstrong and Richard Giulianotti (Berg ISBN: 1-85973-463-4)
The Changing Face of Football – racism, identity and multiculture in the English game by Les Back, Tim Crabbe and John Solomos (Berg 1-85973-483-9)
The Future of Football – Challenges for the Twenty-First Century edited by Jon Garland, Dominic Malcolm and Michael Rowe (FrankCass – ISBN 07146 8117 2)
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