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Author Creed, Gerald W., 1958-
Title Masquerade and postsocialism : ritual and cultural dispossession in Bulgaria / Gerald W. Creed.
Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2011]

Author Creed, Gerald W., 1958-
Series New anthropologies of Europe
New anthropologies of Europe.
Subject Rites and ceremonies -- Bulgaria.
Mumming -- Bulgaria.
Masquerades -- Bulgaria.
Post-communism -- Bulgaria.
National characteristics, Bulgarian.
Bulgaria -- Politics and government.
Bulgaria -- Social life and customs.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 254 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Cultural Dispossession; 1. A Mumming Season; 2. Gender and Sexuality; 3. Civil Society and Democracy; 4. Autonomy and Community; 5. Ethnicity and Nationalism; Conclusion: Modernity in Drag; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
Summary 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 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 com.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780253005021 (electronic bk.)
0253005027 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 703155188
Additional Format Print version: Creed, Gerald W., 1958- Masquerade and postsocialism. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2011 9780253355577 (DLC) 2010020228 (OCoLC)526083951

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