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Explaining Communist Nostalgia in Romania: Some Empirical Evidence
Explaining Communist Nostalgia in Romania: Some Empirical Evidence

Author(s): Elena Dragomir
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
Keywords: Romania; post-communism; nostalgia; memory; identity

Summary/Abstract: At the end of 2009, twenty years after the fall of the communist regime, Romania seems on the verge of probably the deepest economic and social post-communist crisis. In times of crisis, masses tend to act in unexpected ways. They are either more easily allured by authoritarian discourses or more passive politically. In Romania they even show more nostalgia than usual for the recent communist past. Addressing the question of communist nostalgia in Romania, this article tackles questions such as: What is communist nostalgia in Romania? Who shows nostalgia for the communist past? Why does nostalgia for communism occur in Romania? How could this phenomenon be explained? The first part of the article briefly presents the previous interpretations about communist nostalgia in Romania during the last ten years. The second part advances new interpretations as to how Romanians' communist nostalgia could be explained. The article finds previous explanations of communist nostalgia insufficient, and argues that the lack of a feeling of social welfare explains to a great extent this phenomenon. The conclusions are grounded in data – e.g. interviews with 27 persons and survey of 100 individuals.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 7-28
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English