Larisa Jasarevic offers an unforgettable look at the everyday experiences of people living in post-socialist, post-war Bosnia. Not at all existing on the world's margins, Bosnians today are concerned with the good life and are as entangled in consumer debt as everyone else. The insecurities of living in an economy dominated by informal networks of trade, personal credit, and indebtedness are experienced by Bosnians in terms of physical ailments, some not recognized by Western medical science. Jasarevic follows ordinary Bosnians in their search for treatment--from use of pharmaceuticals to alternative medicines and folk healers of various kinds. Financial well-being and health are woven together for Bosnians, and Jasarevic adeptly traces the links between the two realms. In the process, she addresses a number of themes that have been important in studies of life under neoliberalism in other parts of the world.
AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Oddly Bodily Lives in the Market1. Just Surviving: Living Well Since the Better Life2. Insanely Generous: Making Wealth in an Economy of Debt3. On the Edge: Worries in Common and Circumstantial Communities 4. Medical Detours: Materiality and Magicality of Quotidian Cures5. Strava: Distant Bodies at Hand6. What if Not For Real? Troubles with Medical EfficacyBibliographyIndex