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Negotiating Normality - Everyday Lives in Socialist Institutions (Hardcover): Daniela Koleva

Negotiating Normality - Everyday Lives in Socialist Institutions (Hardcover)

Daniela Koleva

Series: Memory and Narrative

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The contributors to Negotiating Normality are nationals and residents of post-socialist countries. Socialism is part of their family memory, even part of their own life experiences. For them the topic of socialism is authentic and ironic. It is authentic in that it is based on local knowledge and insider experience; it is ironic because of their distance from that experience.

This unique post-revisionist study focuses on people's lives and experiences rather than political systems. The studies are grouped around three common elements--socialist labor, the new socialist man, and the socialist way of life. They translate socialism's major ideological principles into motives that guide lives. Using first-hand accounts, the authors find minute deviations from the norms that eventually lead to re-negotiation of the norms themselves. Focusing on routines, not extremes, they present socialism in its "normal" state. They examine trivial matters to understand the limits set on individuals' lives but also on their goals and dreams.

Each chapter is based primarily on personal documents and narrative interviews. The overall approach is ethno-methodological. The interpretations capture behavior and speech that is seldom reflected or articulated in narrative histories. The volume demonstrates different national strategies for dealing with the past in the post-socialist world. Studies of the socialist past may strive to be objective, but their messages tend to be complex. Rather that arriving at one truth about the nature of socialism, this volume explores the many ways people have survived the system.

General

Imprint: AldineTransaction
Country of origin: United States
Series: Memory and Narrative
Release date: July 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Daniela Koleva
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 270
ISBN-13: 978-1-4128-4601-1
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 1-4128-4601-3
Barcode: 9781412846011

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