Are We Guilty for Being Afraid
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Are We Guilty for Being Afraid
Are We Guilty for Being Afraid

Author(s): Petya Bankova
Subject(s): History
Published by: Centrul de Studiere a Populaţiei
Keywords: childhood; communism; school; family; education; socialization; responsibility; guilt; fear.

Summary/Abstract: The individual life stories are valuable source of data about the childhood in Bulgaria during the recent past. In this paper the “child” is depicted in the Bulgarian capital during the period of the 60s and the 70s of the 20th century. An attempt is made to explore the everyday space-time of children between 6 and 12 years old, who spend most of their lives in school rather than at home and were totally dependent of the existing ideological system of education and personal formation. Several generations of Bulgarian children grew up in an atmosphere of tension, anxiety and fear whether they have fulfilled the prescribed by the totalitarian state duties, whether they have met the expectations imposed by a social system devoid of basic human rights and freedoms – a system depriving its members from the right of life choice.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 99-121
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English