During much of the Cold War, physical escape from countries in the Eastern Bloc was a nearly impossible act. There remained, however, possibilities for other socialist escapes, particularly time spent free from party ideology and the mundane routines of everyday life. The essays in this volume examine sites of socialist escapes, such as beaches, campgrounds, nightclubs, concerts, castles, cars, and soccer matches. The chapters explore the effectiveness of state efforts to engineer society through leisure, entertainment, and related forms of cultural programming and consumption. They lead to a deeper understanding of stateasociety relations in the Soviet sphere, where the state did not simply qdictate from aboveq and inhabitants had some opportunities to shape solidarities, identities, and meaning.Mary Neuburger In August 1964 an article entitled aA Day of Resta appeared in Turist, the Bulgarian socialist journal dedicated to leisure and holiday travel. The author included a photo essay in which a series of photos walked the readeranbsp;...
|Author||:||Cathleen M. Giustino, Catherine J. Plum, Alexander Vari|
|Publisher||:||Berghahn Books - 2013-03-15|