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Modernity and the Unmaking of Men
230 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-862-7 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (August 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-863-4 eBook
“This book contains a wealth of ethnographic detail on kinship, marriage, and masculinity in rural Macedonia in the post-Socialist period. With her focus on “the village scape,” Schubert adds fresh insights to understandings of modernity and the state.” • Deborah Reed-Danahay, University of Buffalo
Responding to the renewed emphasis on the significance of village studies, this book focuses on aging bachelorhood as a site of intolerable angst when faced with rural depopulation and social precarity. Based on ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in contemporary Macedonian society, the book explores the intersections between modernity, kinship and gender. It argues that as a critical consequence of demographic rupture, changing values and societal shifts, aging bachelorhood illuminates and challenges conceptualizations of performativity and social presence.
Violeta Schubert is a Lecturer in Anthropology and Development Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne.