Everyday Life in the Balkans. Edited by David W. Montgomery

Objavljen je 2018. godine zbornik o svakodnevnom životu na Balkanu u suvremenoj i povijesnoj perspektivi u kojem se govori i o Hrvatskoj.



Everyday Life in the Balkans


Edited by David W. Montgomery


Publication date: 11/26/2018






Everyday Life in the Balkans gathers the work of leading scholars across disciplines to provide a broad overview of the countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey. This region has long been characterized as a place of instability and political turmoil, from World War I, through the Yugoslav Wars, and even today as debate continues over issues such as the influx of refugees or the expansion of the European Union. However, the work gathered here moves beyond the images of war and post-socialist stagnation which dominate Western media coverage of the region to instead focus on the lived experiences of the people in these countries. Contributors consider a wide range of issues including family dynamics, gay rights, war memory, religion, cinema, fashion, and politics. Using clear language and engaging examples, Everyday Life in the Balkans provides the background context necessary for an enlightened conversation about the policies, economics, and culture of the region.


Author Bio


David W. Montgomery is Director of Program Development for Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion (CEDAR) and Associate Research Professor at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. He is author of Practicing Islam: Knowledge, Experience, and Social Navigation in Kyrgyzstan and author (with Adam B. Seligman and Rahel R. Wasserfall) of Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World.


Table of Contents






  1. Seeing Everyday Life in the Balkans / David W. Montgomery



Section I: The (Historical) Context of Everyday Life


  1. Early Balkan Everyday Life / Andrew Wachtel


  1. Crimes and Misdemeanors: Scenes of Everyday Life among the Gendarmerie in Ottoman Macedonia, ca. 1900 / İpek K. Yosmaoğlu


  1. It’s What’s Inside That Counts: Furnishing the Modern in the Apartments of Socialist Yugoslavia / Patrick Hyder Patterson


  1. Consuming Lives: Inside the Balkan Kafene / Mary Neuburger


  1. Burek, Da! Sociality, Context, and Idiom in Macedonia and Beyond / Keith Brown



Section II: The Home(s) of Everyday Life


  1. Kinship and Safety Nets in Croatia and Kosovo / Carolin Leutloff-Grandits


  1. “This Much We Know”: Domestic Remedies and Quotidian Tricks since Tito’s Bosnia / Larisa Jašarević


  1. Femininity, Fashion, and Feminism: Women’s Activists in Bosnia-Herzegovina / Elissa Helms


  1. That Black Cloud upon Our Family: Everyday Life of Gays and Lesbians in Slovenia / Roman Kuhar


  1. Between Past and Future: Young People’s Strategies for Living a “Normal Life” in Post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina / Monika Palmberger


  1. “But Where Else Could They Go?” The State, Family, and Private Care in a Bosnian Town / Azra Hromadžić



Section III: The Livelihoods of Everyday Life


  1. Cars, Coffee, and “The Crisis”: Balkan Migration in Precarious Times / Ana Croegaert


  1. “We Don’t Belong Anywhere”: Everyday Life in a Serbian Town Where Immigrants Are Former Refugees / Mila Dragojević


  1. Neoliberal Spaces of Immorality: The Creation of a Bulgarian Land Market and “Land-grabbing” Foreign Investors / Deema Kaneff


  1. Making Ends Meet in a Rural Community: The Life and Times of Aleksandar Živojinović / Andrew Konitzer


  1. A Lot of Sweat, a Little Bit of Fun, and Not Entirely “Hard Men”: Worker’s Masculinity in the Uljanik Shipyard / Andrea Matošević


  1. Perceptions of Balkan Belonging in Post-dictatorship Greece / Daniel M. Knight



Section IV: The Politics of Everyday Life


  1. Neither the Balkans nor Europe: The “Where” and “When” in Present-day Albania / Nataša Gregorič Bon


  1. Growing Up in Montenegro: A Story of Transformation and Resistance / Jelena Džankić


  1. War Criminals, National Heroes, and Transitional Justice in Macedonia / Vasiliki P. Neofotistos


  1. A Lively Border / Čarna Brković and Stef Jansen


  1. “Politicians Are All Crooks!” Everyday Politics in Bulgaria / Emilia Zankina


  1. Life among Statues in Skopje / Ilká Thiessen



Section V: The Religion(s) of Everyday Life


  1. “The Hardest Time was the Time without Morality”: Religion, Transition, and Social Navigation in Albania / David W. Montgomery


  1. Ramadan in Prizren / Frances Trix


  1. The Cross at the Crossroads: The Feast of Slava between Faith and Custom / Milica Bakić-Hayden


  1. Boundaries of Freedom, Boundaries of Responsibility: Everyday Religious Life of Croatian Catholic Women / Slavica Jakelić


  1. Religious Boundaries, Komsholuk, and Sharing Sacred Spaces in Bulgaria / Magdalena Lubanska


  1. The Everyday of Religion and Politics in the Balkans / Albert Doja



Section VI: The Art of Everyday Life


  1. Unintentional Memorials: Everyday Places of Memory in Post-transition Bucharest / Alyssa Grossman


  1. Between East and West, Folk and Pop, State and Market: Changing Landscapes of Bulgarian Folk Music / Carol Silverman


  1. Mothers in Balkan Film / Yana Hashamova


  1. Memories of Foreign Love / Ervin Hatibi


  1. The Sound of Charcoal Rustling: Drawing from Life in Belgrade / Marko Živković


Postface / David W. Montgomery