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The first book in a decade to look in-depth at transformations in contemporary Bulgaria, tackling the neglected issue of globalization in rural contexts.


This book explores the multiple effects of globalization on urban and rural communities, providing anthropological case studies from postsocialist Bulgaria. As globalization has been studied largely in urban contexts, the aim of this volume is to shift attention to the under-examined countryside and analyse how transnational links are transforming relations between cities, towns and villages. The volume also challenges undifferentiated notions of ‘the countryside’, calling for an awareness of rural economic and social disparities which are often only associated with urban environments. The work focuses on how the ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ have been reconfigured following the end of socialism and the advent of globalization, in socioeconomic, as well as political, ideological and cultural terms.


Preface and Acknowledgements; Note on Transliteration; Chapter 1: Introduction – Ger Duijzings; Chapter 2: Rural–Urban Relations in a Global Age – Deema Kaneff; Chapter 3: Every Village, a Different Story: Tracking Rural Diversity in Bulgaria – Gerald W. Creed; Chapter 4: Smugglers into Millionaires: Marginality and Shifting Cultural Hierarchies in a Bulgarian Border Town – Galia Valtchinova; Chapter 5: Rural Decline as the Epilogue to Communist Modernization: The Case of a Socialist ‘Model’ Village – Lenka Nahodilova; Chapter 6: No Wealth without Networks and Personal Trust: New Capitalist Agrarian Entrepreneurs in the Dobrudzha – Christian Giordano and Dobrinka Kostova; Chapter 7: Inheritance after Restitution: Modern Legislative Norms and Customary Practices in Rural Bulgaria – Petko Hristov; Chapter 8: Rural, Urban and Rurban: Everyday Perceptions and Practices – Daniela Koleva; Chapter 9: The Koprivshtitsa Festival: From National Icon to Globalized Village Event – Liz Mellish; Chapter 10: Fashioning Markets: Brand Geographies in Bulgaria – Ulrich Ermann; Chapter 11: Greek (Ad)ventures in Sofia: Economic Elite Mobility and New Cultural Hierarchies at the Margins of Europe – Aliki Angelidou and Dimitra Kofti; List of Contributors

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Global Villages
Global Villages
Rural and Urban Transformations in Contemporary Bulgaria
Edited by Ger Duijzings
Anthem Press An imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company www.anthempress.com
This edition first published in UK and USA 2013 by ANTHEM PRESS 75–76 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HA, UK or PO Box 9779, London SW19 7ZG, UK and 244 Madison Ave #116, New York, NY 10016, USA
© 2013 Ger Duijzings editorial matter and selection; individual chapters © individual contributors
The moral right of the authors has been asserted.
All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.
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Library of Congress CataloginginPublication Data Global villages : rural and urban transformations in contemporary Bulgaria / edited by Ger Duijzings. pages cm Includes bibliographical references. ISBN13: 9780857280732 (hardback : alk. paper) ISBN10: 0857280732 (hardback : alk. paper) 1. Bulgaria—Rural conditions. 2. Urbanization—Bulgaria. I. Duijzings, Gerlachlus, 1961– HN623.5.G56 2013 307.72—dc23 2013031035
ISBN13: 978 0 85728 073 2 (Hbk) ISBN10: 0 85728 073 2 (Hbk)
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Preface and Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
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Introduction Ger Duijzings
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Rural–Urban Relations in a Global Age Deema Kaneff
Every Village, a Different Story: Tracking Rural Diversity in Bulgaria Gerald W. Creed
Smugglers into Millionaires: Marginality and Shifting Cultural Hierarchies in a Bulgarian Border Town Galia Valtchinova
Rural Decline as the Epilogue to Communist Modernization: The Case of a Socialist ‘Model’ Village Lenka Nahodilova
No Wealth without Networks and Personal Trust: New Capitalist Agrarian Entrepreneurs in the Dobrudzha Christian Giordano and Dobrinka Kostova
Inheritance after Restitution: Modern Legislative Norms and Customary Practices in Rural Bulgaria Petko Hristov
Rural, Urban and Rurban: Everyday Perceptions and Practices Daniela Koleva
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Chapter 9
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Chapter 11
GLOBAL VILLAGES
The Koprivshtitsa Festival: From National Icon to Globalized Village Event Liz Mellish
Fashioning Markets: Brand Geographies in Bulgaria Ulrich Ermann
Greek (Ad)ventures in Sofia: Economic Elite Mobility and New Cultural Hierarchies at the Margins of Europe Aliki Angelidou and Dimitra Kofti
List of Contributors
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PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
This book is based on a collection of papers presented at a workshop entitled ‘The “Urban” and “Rural” in PresentDay Bulgaria’, which took place at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, on 29 and 30 May 2008. The aim of the workshop was to investigate urban– rural transformations in Bulgaria after the end of socialism. The workshop’s key idea was to focus on how the urban and rural have been reconfigured, in socioeconomic as well as political, ideological and cultural terms. The participants were practically all anthropologists, except for one human geographer and one sociologist, and most attention was given to rural contexts. One overarching theme crystallized: that of globalization in the Bulgarian countryside. As all case studies presented at the workshop showed, it is no longer possible to speak of ‘traditional’ Bulgarian villages as they have transformed into ‘global villages’ –that is, they are directly affected by global forces and influences. Almost all the papers that were presented during the workshop have been included in the present volume, apart from two, which were published elsewhere or did not fit the overall concept of the volume. I would like to thank Dr Iliya Nedin, who coorganized the event and was involved at the early stages of editing this volume. I also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Centre for East European LanguageBased Area Studies (CEELBAS), the British Academy, the Bulgarian Embassy in London, and the Centre for SouthEast European Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, which made the workshop possible.
Ger Duijzings
NOTE ON TRANSLITERATION
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