Rozita Dimova. Ethno-Baroque: Materiality, Aesthetics and Conflict in Modern-Day Macedonia. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2013

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Fabio Mattioli


Construction of Ethnicity, Relations, Albanians and Macedonians, Migration, Materiality


Clearly written, with abundance of historical and ethnographic details, the book utilizes an anthropological perspective to discuss the complicate historical construction of ethnicity. Dimova argues that ethnic identities have to be understood in the light of past and present political economic factors. Discussing the conflicts, misunderstandings, and tensions between ethnic Albanians and ethnic Macedonians in Kumanovo, the second largest city of the Republic of Macedonia, Dimova shows that unexpected domains of social life, like consumption, have a central role to play in shaping identity.

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