September 1, 2014
.91 Pounds (US)
$60.00 USD, £38.00 GBP
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Through the Window

Kinship and Elopment in Bosnia-Herzegovina

This book is not about war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, evil, or the killing of a society. It is about a cultural heritage, something vital to a society as a society, something that was not killed in the previous war, something that is resilient. Through the Window brings an original perspective to folklore of Bosnians at a certain period of time and the differences and similarities of the three main ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It examines the transethnic character of cultural heritage, against divisions that dominate their tragic recent past. The monograph focuses in particular on customs shared by different ethnic groups, specifically elopement, and affinal visitation. The elopement is a transformative rite of passage where an unmarried girl becomes a married woman. The affinal visitation, which follows, is a confirmatory ceremony where ritualized customs between families establish in-lawships These customs reflect a transethnic heritage shared by people in Bosnia as a national group, including Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats.

About the Author

Keith Doubt is Professor of Sociology at Wittenberg University, Ohio


"Risk-taking and boundary-crossing bring benefits: in this case, an intriguing reflection on sociological theory regarding individual agency, secrecy, and the meaning of identity at different scales, from the (gendered) ego through the long-distance diaspora. I was especially engaged by Doubt's inference from the different depths of descent reckoning that Bosnian Muslim society is in fact less patriarchal in structure than either Serb Orthodox or Croat Catholic. Doubt challenges those who see radical discontinuity, chaos, or dislocation as the key tropes through which to make sense of the last half-century of Bosnia's life. Through the Window represents an important contribution to the task of reminding the world that Bosnia-Herzegovina and its creative, resilient citizens have more to contribute to social science than a case study in collective violence." - Comparative Sociology
"Through the Window is a valuable addition to scholarship on Balkan studies. Doubt's monograph is significant and meaningful. In collecting, recording, and analyzing the oral narratives Doubt has done the important work of preserving and contextualizing them for future generations. Interdisciplinary in nature, Doubt's study will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of Balkan studies, cultural anthropology, East European literatures, ethnic studies, folklore, political science, and sociology". - Slavic and East European Journal

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