Domesticating Revolution: From Socialist Reform to Ambivalent Transition in a Bulgarian Village by Gerald W. Creed
The collapse of state socialism in 1989 focused attention on the transition to democracy and capitalism in Eastern Europe. But for many people who lived in the transition period, the…
Domesticating Revolution synopsis
The collapse of state socialism in 1989 focused attention on the transition to democracy and capitalism in Eastern Europe. But for many people who lived in the transition period, the changes were often disappointing.
None of them may have been more disillusioned with the inhabitants of rural villages in Bulgaria whose lives and lifestyles were threatened with transition. The Revolt of the Revolution This unexpected result is explained by a detailed study of economic reform in one Bulgarianvillage, from the beginning of the assembly in the 1940s to the decadence efforts of the 1990s. Gerald Creed is the only American anthropologist who has done field work in one Bulgarianvillage during and after the socialist era.
This work enabled him to document the precise links between socialist practice and social developments. It is suggested that simply by doing everything in their power to improve their difficult situation under socialism, the Bulgarian villagers gradually assimilated the socialist system.
However, this achievement paved the way for a retaliatory shift after 1989 as villagers sought to defend their past gains against new threats. Paradoxically, they appealed to domesticated socialism in a failed attempt to temper the transition as well.
Compelling the revolution will force scientists to rethink their models of state socialism and their interpretations of the transition process.
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