JPIL Vol 4 Issue 1 2013 - Article 1

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM ABOUT YUGOSLAVIA AND RWANDA:
METHODOLOGICAL PERILS AND MORAL IMPLICATIONS

Aleksandar Jokic

Abstract
While ostensibly a response to a critique, the main goal of this Article is to demonstrate how easily conventional wisdom, usually shaped by the media and politics, can corrupt scholarship when it is simply presupposed by those engaged in what should be an academic polemic, yet often also includes ‘activism in scholarship’. The examples of approved narratives in the West on Yugoslavia and Rwanda are used for the sake of this demonstration.


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