" - an engaging, well-written and thought-provoking manuscript highlighting a sliver of everyday life from the perspective of ordinary people living in an apartment complex located on the outskirts of Sarajevo." * Linda Green, University of Arizona "Through a focus on the everyday yearnings of ordinary residents of the Sarajevo peripheral neighborhood Dobrinja for what they call 'normal lives,' Stef Jansen tackles some of the most timely political and academic questions that revolve around people's relationships to the state and thinking about the future." * Elissa Helms, Central European University "The book ... addresses issues of considerable scientific and social importance that reach far beyond current social and political problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina... [Jansen] manages to keep the balance between a personal engagement and a critical stance of a sharp and professionally accomplished analyst." * Maja Povrzanovic Frykman, Malmo UniversityVom Verlag:
Soon after they moved into their apartment complex in Sarajevo, this book's protagonists were overcome by the 1992-1995 war and the disintegration of socialist Yugoslavia. More than a decade later, in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, they felt they were collectively stuck in a time warp where nothing seemed to be as it should be. Starting from everyday concerns, this book paints a compassionate yet critical portrait of people's sense that they were in limbo, trapped in a seemingly endless "Meantime." Ethnographically investigating yearnings for "normal lives" in the European semi-periphery, it proposes fresh analytical tools to explore how the time and place in which we are caught shape our hopes and fears.
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