On the Socialist Balcony

On the Socialist Balcony : State, Citizens and Ideology in a Romanian Neighborhood

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While mainstream research on socialism privileged suprastructural approaches, issues of everyday life processes remained under-researched. By placing balconies at the critical juncture of the socialist state and its citizens, that is, of global phenomena and micro processes, this book seeks to recapture a sense of everyday socialism and of various socialist common places, in an effort to bring forth people and their diverse surviving strategies. The various architectural discourses and ideologies attached to balconies are traced historically from the bourgeois inception, through Lenin's revolutionary conceptions, Stalin's distortions and to Ceausescu's regime. The ethnographic part contrasts and depicts the intersection and collision of state's official disposition of balconies with people's agency and space practices, as it unfolds in a Romanian neighborhood since the 1980s.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 3mm | 95g
  • Saarbrucken, Germany
  • English
  • 3639098463
  • 9783639098464
  • 3,412,917

About Florin Poenaru

Born in June 1983 in Romania. Between 2004 and 2006 he worked as
election observer for various international organizations in
countries such as Albania, Egypt and Ukraine. Currently he is a
PhD in the Department of Sociology and Social
Anthropology at Central European University, Budapest.
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