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The Patriot-Consumer

Author(s): Ivaylo Dichev
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Political history, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Nationalism Studies, Globalization, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: history; economy of experience; consumerism; historic reenactments

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the way history is experienced today. In Bulgaria it tends to move from the high rituals of the nation-state towards the realm of popular culture, being consumed in the form of entertaining fantasy plots, amateur science, touristic kitsch or historic reenactments (the latter are at the centre of the present text). Such consumerist attitude operates an invisible turn: it is not the past that ethically predetermines present actions, it is the contemporary consumer who chooses a past to experience.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 330-338
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian