In her new book, Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: Intimate Debt
(Indiana University Press, 2017), Larisa Jašarević
traces the odd entanglements between the body and the economy in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the new post-war, post-socialist market, the feeling of being indebted is a condition shared by many, and the struggle to achieve a good life can make a person “worry themselves sick.” At the interface of health and wealth, Jašarević follows the many detours ordinary Bosnians take in order to try to achieve financial and medical well-being. In the process, she offers ethnographic insights on the informal gifting economy, the enigmatic power of alternative healers, and the political potential of the fleeting communities that form and separate as people try to live well, and to be well.
Jelena Golubovic is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.