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"Where Were They Until Now?" Aging, Care and Abandonment in a Bosnian Town


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Hromadžić, Azra and Danely, Jason and Milenković, Miloš and Podgorelec, Sonja and Rubić, Tihana and Petrović Osmak, Željka and Stubbs, Paul. (2015). "Where Were They Until Now?" Aging, Care and Abandonment in a Bosnian Town. Etnološka tribina, 45(38). pp. 3-57. ISSN 0351-1944

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This article delves into Bosnia-Herzegovina, and especially into the town of Bihać, to ethnographically examine the changing nature of the state and family, as visible through practices of elder care. I use my ethnographic data gathered at a nursing home Vitalis in Bihać, and especially the predicament of an elderly Bosnian woman whom I call Zemka, to argue that both the state and family in postwar and postsocialist Bosnia-Herzegovina materialize as semi-absent. In the process of unpacking these multiple semi-absences, I reveal the lived effects of changing postwar and postsocialist state, and altering kinship relations as they affect "ordinary" people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: care, aging, the state, family, semi-absence, socialism and postsocialism, war and postwar
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Additional Information: Rasprava / Discussion. Tekst na hrvatskom i engleskom jeziku.
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 10:12
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 10:15

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