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.
Keith Doubt is Professor of Sociology at Wittenberg University, Ohio
Table of Contents Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1 The Study of Elopement Chapter 2 The Liminality of Elopement Chapter 3 An Extraordinary Elopement Chapter 4 Habitus in Bosnia Chapter 5 Deciding in a Blink Chapter 6 The Secret and Elopement Chapter 7 Elopement and Ego-Identity Chapter 8 The Risk of Foreclosure in the Arranged Marriage Chapter 9 Family Folklore and Elopement Chapter 10 Affinal Relations after Elopement Chapter 11 Bosnia's Kin in Turkey Chapter 12 Balkan Ethnology Chapter 13 Bosnian Folk Chapter 14 Ethnicity and Nationality Chapter 15 Accounting for Bosnian Culture Bibliography Appendixes: Survey Report, Marco Index Bosnia Survey Question in English and Bosnian Qualitative Interview Protocol Consent Form in Bosnian