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Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria Gerald W Creed

Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria

Gerald W Creed

Published May 26th 2011
ISBN : 9781283101776
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272 pages
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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 postsocialist studies. Mumming rituals have flourished in the post-Soviet era. Elaborately costumedMoreGerald W. Creed analyzes contemporary mumming rituals in rural Bulgaria for what they reveal about life after socialism and the current state of postsocialist 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 postsocialist 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 postsocialist reconstruction of Bulgarian society, but were not.