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Product Details

  • Series: New Anthropologies of Europe
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253222613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253222619
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gerald Creed has produced an unusually perceptive account of the cultural dynamics of post-Communist development in Bulgaria. His efforts not only illuminate the patterns and practices of Postsocialism, but his investigation also endeavors to radically alter the dominant frameworks within which debates on East European transitions tend to be positioned." —SLAVIC AND EAST EUROPEAN JOURNAL



"[A] brilliant scholar's masterpiece." —AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST



"Masterfully investigates the contemporary performance of distinctive... mumming rites as a means of interrogating postsocialism.... Accessible, engaging, and strong." —Donna Buchanan, author of Performing Democracy: Bulgarian Music and Musicians in Transition



"Brilliant.... An outstanding demonstration of how analysis of the paradoxes of the postsocialist condition can contribute to anthropological theory and to the critique of Euro-American notions of modernity." —Chris Hann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology



"Masquerade and Postsocialism is written with great sympathy for the people it describes and bears the marks of a work matured by decades of fieldwork." —Jrnl Royal Anthropological Inst JRAI



"Masquerade and Postsocialism is a valuable book for the general eloquence of its arguments, its solid engagement with ritual as well as its discussion of broader ideological frameworks of postsocialism, nationalism and modernity. It is a theoretically rich work, ethnographically thorough and thought provoking." —Social Anthropology



Gerald Creed’s Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria is an empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated analysis of the postsocialist condition in rural Bulgaria. Using the Bulgarian ritual of mumming as a window onto the lived experiences of ordinary men and women, Creed masterfully explores a variety
of scholarly themes.Aspasia



"Gerald W. Creed’s Masquerade and Postsocialism is a masterful analysis of key social themes as gender and sexuality, civil society and democracy, community and ethnicity. The book provides a vivid analysis of a ritual performance as a source of meaningful knowledge about people’s lives." —Journal of American Folklore



"Masquerade and Postsocialism would be of interest to anyone in globalization or development studies, as well as European studies. Creed’s emphasis on the role of ritual and performance broadens the audience... Creed demonstrates that ritual, a long-standing topic of anthropology, not only serves as a useful site of analysis but can also challenge teleological ideals of Western modernity." —ANTHROPOLOGY E EUROPE REVIEW



"Masquerade and Postsocialism was an exhilarating read that offered much inspiration on the relevance of anthropological insights into larger social problems and critique of hegemonic models for political and economic reforms. Clearly and accessibly written, I [Yuson Jung] strongly recommend this book for both introductory and advanced level courses" —American Ethnologist



"[A]n empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated analysis of the postsocialist condition in rural Bulgaria." —Anthropos



"Creed's book is both ethnographically rich and theoretically significant. Moreover, it is a deeply humane book, an homage to the resilience and resourcefulness of the Bulgarian peasants whom Creed has made it his life's work to understand. Accessible to a broad audience, it is must reading for anyone interested in the costs of the 'revolutions' of 1989." —Slavic Review

About the Author

Gerald W. Creed is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he is Executive Officer of the Anthropology Program. He is author of Domesticating Revolution: From Socialist Reform to Ambivalent Transition in a Bulgarian Village.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Academic Book Hound on June 13, 2011
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Masquerade and Postsocialism is a thoughtful and colorful investigation of the kukeri tradition (i.e. mummers) of Bulgaria. Written by a top rate scholar and one of the first U.S.-based anthropologists of Bulgaria (who also did fieldwork in the country during the late communist era for his first book, Domesticating Revolution), this book is an insightful look into local cultural practices and how they are shaped by larger political and economic realities. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Savy Florida Buyer on July 25, 2012
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Very interesting, enlightening and educational documentation of a cultural ritual that spans generations of Bulgarians and survived during communism and post communism.
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