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Rethinking “make do”: Action “from the side” and the politics of segmentation in the Republic of Macedonia

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In this article, I examine the social performance of bodily movement “from the side” in bureaucratic institutions in Macedonia, specifically, how locals use their bodies to weave their way in and out of insider–outsider classifications that shape bureaucratic organization. Additionally, I explore how Macedonians and Albanians use, in common parlance, bodily movement “from the side” as a metaphor to lend different meanings to a new sociopolitical order wrought by the collapse of socialism. The case study of Macedonia helps refine theories of “make do” by pointing to the shifting degrees of insiderhood and outsiderhood within the body of insiders. [embodiment, bureaucracy, make do, insider–outsider classifications, make do, Macedonia]

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