Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria - New Anthropologies of Europe (Hardback)
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Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria - New Anthropologies of Europe (Hardback)

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Gerald W. Creed analyzes contemporary mumming rituals in rural Bulgaria for what they reveal about life after socialism--and the current state of post-socialist studies. Mumming rituals have flourished in the post-Soviet era. Elaborately costumed dancers go from house to house demanding sustenance and bestowing blessings. Through the analysis of these rites, Creed critiques key themes in post-socialist studies, including understandings of civil society and democracy, gender and sexuality, autonomy and community, and ethnicity and nationalism. He argues that these events reveal indigenous cultural resources that could have been used both practically and intellectually to ease the post-socialist reconstruction of Bulgarian society, but were not.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253355577
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 234 x 157 x 23 mm

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