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"Christliche" Geschäfte: Moral und Kommerz in slowakischen Dörfern
"Christian" Shops: Morality and Commerce in the Slovak Village

Author(s): Zuzana Sekeráková Búriková
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: LIT Verlag
Keywords: consumption; Christianity; commerce; Slovakia; shops; Konsum; Kommerz; Slowakei; Geschäfte;

Summary/Abstract: This article is concerned with commerce and Christianity. The particular focus of my case study is the sociability of shops in one Roman Catholic village in northern Slovakia. I will use ethnographic examples of deferred payments, opening hours of shops and the social life around shops to explore how Christianity intersects with the everyday practice of shopping. I will argue that through the sociability of the village stores, and particular practices of retail trade, the social and moral values of the community are objectified.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 187-204
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English