Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism

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Duke University Press, 14.09.2011 - 206 Seiten
Lost in Transition tells of ordinary lives upended by the collapse of communism. Through ethnographic essays and short stories based on her experiences with Eastern Europe between 1989 and 2009, Kristen Ghodsee explains why it is that so many Eastern Europeans are nostalgic for the communist past. Ghodsee uses Bulgaria, the Eastern European nation where she has spent the most time, as a lens for exploring the broader transition from communism to democracy. She locates the growing nostalgia for the communist era in the disastrous, disorienting way that the transition was handled. The privatization process was contested and chaotic. A few well-connected foreigners and a new local class of oligarchs and criminals used the uncertainty of the transition process to take formerly state-owned assets for themselves. Ordinary people inevitably felt that they had been robbed. Many people lost their jobs just as the state social-support system disappeared. Lost in Transition portrays one of the most dramatic upheavals in modern history by describing the ways that it interrupted the rhythms of everyday lives, leaving confusion, frustration, and insecurity in its wake.
 

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Introduction The Road to Bulgaria 19831990
1
Chapter 1 Contraband 1990
21
Chapter 2 Kaloyan and Hristo 1998
37
Chapter 3 Her Lover in Cuba 1999
47
Ethnographic Fiction
61
Chapter 5 Shopaholic in Eastern Europe 19982006
83
Chapter 6 New Carpets of Old Kilims 1999
93
Chapter 7 Comrades 2000
101
Chapter 10 The Master of Conspiracies 2005
123
Chapter 11 An Explosion in Sofia 2008
131
Ethnographic Fiction
143
Chapter 13 Kaloyan in Maine 2009
151
Ethnographic Fiction
155
Chapter 15 Pilgrims from Sofia to Zagreb 2009
161
Afterword Lost in Transition 2010
177
Appendix Timeline of TwentiethCentury Communism
195

Ethnographic Fiction
107
Chapter 9 Basset Hounds in the Balkans 2005
117
Further Reading
201
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Kristen Ghodsee is the Director and John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria and The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea, also published by Duke University Press.

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