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“Everybody Believes the State Should Do Everything for Them”. An Essay on State-Society Relations in Communist Bulgaria
“Everybody Believes the State Should Do Everything for Them”. An Essay on State-Society Relations in Communist Bulgaria

Author(s): Ulf Brunnbauer
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (Sofia)

Summary/Abstract: The following vignette illustrates the complex relationship between popular strategies of communication with the state, ideological inconsistencies and contingent everyday lives. It is also indicative for the peculiar nature of state-society relations under communism: on the one hand, the ideology of the authoritarian state penetrated even the most private of spheres; on the other hand, the social practices of the people often did not match the ideological blue-prints.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 31
  • Page Range: 171-180
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English