Ethnic, national, and confessional affiliation in ex-Yugoslavia add to political radicalization. As a form of political power, politicized religions are, psychologically speaking, unconscious non-faith. Due to new national-state theoretical inadequacy, (i.e., nationalism as an ideology), religion is used as an instrument of socialization and legitimization of new national-political state subjects. When nation and religion become “controversial” identification and mark others as potentially dangerous, through a policy that allegedly aims to "affirm" and "protect" its people and their faith, then in local historical and current circumstances, it essentially implies antagonism in the most dramatic conflicts. The historical revisionism and the memory of the "evil" developed into a behavioral practice.
"The Politicization of Religion and the Sacralized Balkan Nations Regarding Bosnia and Herzegovina,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 40
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol40/iss7/8