Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria

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Indiana University Press, 2011 - 254 страници
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In this compelling and evocative study, Gerald W. Creed examines contemporary masquerade rituals in rural Bulgaria for what they reveal about life after socialism-and for what they can tell us about the state of postsocialist studies. Known by local terms such as kukeri and survakari, or in English as "mumming," these rites are all-consuming events in which elaborately costumed performers go from house to house demanding food and drink in exchange for blessings that ward off evil and ensure fertility. Through analysis of these events, which continued to flourish after the collapse of communism, Creed critiques key themes in postsocialist studies, including understandings of civil society, democracy, gender, sexuality, community, ethnic relations, and nationalism. He argus that mumming reveals indigenous cultural resources that could have been used to ease the postsocialist reconstruction of Bulgarian Society, but were instead missed or ignored, and ultimately displaced. --Book --
 

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Cultural Dispossession
1
1 A Mumming Season
28
2 Gender and Sexuality
70
3 Civil Society and Democracy
105
4 Autonomy and Community
131
5 Ethnicity and Nationalism
162
Modernity in Drag
202
Notes
219
Works Cited
225
Index
239
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Gerald W. Creed is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he is Executive Officer of the Anthropology Program. He is author of Domesticating Revolution: From Socialist Reform to Ambivalent Transition in a Bulgarian Village.

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