Buying into the American Dream


In this paper I examine the way in which national political symbols have changed in Bulgaria during the last decade. Using a comparative approach with examples from both the socialist and post-socialist periods, I observe two important trends. The first is that changes in the use of symbols reveal rural-urban divisions that have arisen as a consequence of post-socialist reform. The second trend is that there has been a notable shift away from symbols that give primacy to the political domain and towards ones rooted in the economic sphere of social life. Such observations provide a valuable insight into the particular direction that post-socialist reforms are taking in one east European context.

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Kaneff, D., (2002) “Buying into the American Dream”, Ethnologia Europaea 32(1), p.35-48. doi:

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.



Deema Kaneff (Max-Planck Institue for Social Anthropology)



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