Who Owns the Past?: The Politics of Time in a 'Model' Bulgarian Village (New Directions in Anthropology 21)

Who Owns the Past?: The Politics of Time in a 'Model' Bulgarian Village (New Directions in Anthropology 21)

By: Deema Kaneff (author)Paperback

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In the decades since the collapse of socialism in eastern Europe, time has been a central resource under negotiation. Focusing on a local community that was considered a "model" in the socialist period, the author explores a variety of state-sponsored and unofficial pasts - history, folklore, and tradition - and shows how they "fit" together in everyday life. During the socialist period, the past was a central dimension of local politics and village identity. Post-socialist development has demanded a revaluation of temporality - as well as public and private space. This has led to fundamental changes in social life and political relations, reduced local resources, threatened village identity and transformed political activity through the emergence of new political elites. While the full implications of this process are still being played out, this study underlines some of the fundamental processes prevalent across eastern Europe that help explain widespread ambiguity vis-B-vis post-socialist reform.

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Deema Kaneff is senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany.


Acknowledgements Abbreviations Glossary Chapter 1. Introduction: Politics and the past Local-Centre Relations in Socialist Bulgaria Socialist Temporality The Importance of the Past: History, Tradition and Folklore Fieldwork and the Issue of Representation Chapter 2. A 'Model Village' The 'Model Village' Event Administrative Relations Class Relations Morality Identity Conclusion HISTORY: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTERS 3 AND 4 Chapter 3. Socialist History, Politics and Morality Characterising History Politics and History A Moral History Chapter 4. Contesting History Different Histories: Political Pluralism Alliances and Oppositions TRADITION: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTERS 5 AND 6 Chapter 5. The Character of Traditions Traditional Funeral Practices Death and Relations to Nature Collective Celebrations of Tradition Chapter 6. Tradition and History: Contrasting Constructions of the Past A Good Communist Village: A Bad Traditional Village Creating Local Distinctions: Traditional Practices as a Way of Opposing the State FOLKLORE: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTERS 7 AND 8 Chapter 7. Defining Folklore Survakani: both a Traditional and Folkloric Custom Folklore as a State-determined Activity Chapter 8. Folklore in a New Bulgarian Village Education, Bulgarian Culture and Folklore The Village Vocal Group Talpa - a 'new Bulgarian village' Chapter 9. A New Model for the Village A Model Village in a Model District Decentralisation - the Tragic Consequences A Re-evalutaion of the Past Re-negotiating Relations with the Centre Appendix I: 9 September 1987 Appendix II: Eulogy References Index

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  • Number Of Pages: 240
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