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Velislava Petrova
Run, market, run

Author(s): Velislava Petrova
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: market; marketplace; periphery; symbolic displacement; material culture; transformation; urban landscape

Summary/Abstract: The paper investigates the transformation which is taking place in the Bulgarian urban landscape during the last 20 years. The research interest is concentrated on the migration and stabilization of a former informal market-place in Sofia as an example of the phenomenon. That process is seen as a result of a deep change in the role of the citizen and of the formation of new politico-economic elites. Being itself a liminal phenomenon, the marketplace engenders a set of myths about its origins, organization and material culture. Those myths make visible a rupture in the experience of the past. We argue that there is a symbolic displacement of the marketplace within its physical one. So, it is simultaneously legalized and hidden in the city periphery.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 165-172
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian