Faculty Book: Gerald Creed
Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria
(Indiana University Press, 2011)
The author analyzes contemporary mumming rituals in rural Bulgaria for what they reveal about life after socialism. Mumming rituals, in which elaborately costumed dancers go from house to house demanding sustenance and bestowing blessings, have flourished in the post-Soviet era. Through the analysis of these rites, Creed critiques key themes in postsocialist studies, including interpretations of civil society and democracy, gender and sexuality, autonomy and community, and ethnicity and nationalism. He argues that these events reveal indigenous cultural resources that could have been used both practically and intellectually to ease the postsocialist reconstruction of Bulgarian society, but were not. Gerald Creed (Prof., Hunter/GC) is on the doctoral faculty in anthropology.
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Submitted on: JAN 24, 2011