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The Red Riviera - Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Hardcover, New) Loot Price: R1,725
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The Red Riviera - Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Hardcover, New): Kristen Ghodsee
The Red Riviera - Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Hardcover, New): Kristen Ghodsee

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The Red Riviera - Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Hardcover, New)

Kristen Ghodsee

Series: Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies

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This compelling ethnography of women working in Bulgaria's popular sea and ski resorts challenges the idea that women have consistently fared worse than men in Eastern Europe's transition from socialism to a market economy. For decades western European tourists have flocked to Bulgaria's beautiful beaches and mountains; tourism is today one of the few successful-and expanding-sectors of the country's economy. Even at the highest levels of management, employment in the tourism industry has long been dominated by women. Kristen Ghodsee explains why this is and how women working in the industry have successfully negotiated their way through Bulgaria's capitalist transformation while the fortunes of most of the population have plummeted. She highlights how, prior to 1989, the communist planners sought to create full employment for all at the same time that they steered women into the service sector. The women given jobs in tourism obtained higher educations, foreign language skills, and experiences working with Westerners, all of which positioned them to take advantage of the institutional changes eventually brought about by privatization.Interspersed throughout The Red Riviera are vivid examinations of the lives of Bulgarian women, including a waitress, a tour operator, a chef, a maid, a receptionist, and a travel agent. Through these women's stories, Ghodsee describes their employment prior to 1989 and after. She considers the postsocialist forces that have shaped the tourist industry over the past fifteen years: the emergence of a new democratic state, the small but increasing interest of foreign investors and transnational corporations, and the proliferation of ngos. Ghodsee suggests that many of the ngos, by insisting that Bulgarian women are necessarily disenfranchised, ignore their significant professional successes.

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Imprint: Duke University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies
Release date: November 2005
First published: November 2005
Authors: Kristen Ghodsee
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 240
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-8223-3650-1
Barcode: 9780822336501
Categories: Promotions
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology
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Books > Business & Economics > Economics > Labour economics
Books > Business & Economics > Economics > Labour economics > General
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Area / regional studies
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Area / regional studies > General
LSN: 0-8223-3650-2

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