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Modernity and the Unmaking of Men

Violeta Schubert

230 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-862-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (August 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-863-4 eBook

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Modernity and the Unmaking of Men is an ethnographically rich and beautifully written work that analyzes aging bachelorhood in the context of rural depopulation and decline and of changing values to marriage and childrearing in the country now known as North Macedonia… The book presents a wealth of fascinating details about so-called old bachelors who are over twenty-five, the socially expected age of marriage, and refuse to get married... Overall, [this] is a richly informative, engaging, and accessible book that will interest general readers, undergraduate and graduate students, and specialists in Europe alike.” • Anthropos

“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.

Subject: Anthropology (General)SociologyGender Studies and Sexuality
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


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