Let's Twist Again: Youth and Leisure in Socialist Bulgaria

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LIT Verlag Münster, 2006 - History - 248 pages

This book explores the lives of young Bulgarians in the Cold War era when the Communist Party saw dance hits like "The Twist" as a menace to youth and society. It investigates the Party's efforts to shape youth into "socialist personalities" and to create a socialist mass culture in the face of "Westernization."

On the basis of biographical interviews, the author takes a critical look at the popular view of youth enthusiasm for Western rock and lifestyles as resistance. Young Bulgarians scarcely challenged the socialist order. But at the same time, the Party failed to impose its notion of conformity on the self-proclaimed "Beatles generation."

Karin Taylor is a researcher in history and cultural studies with a background in journalism and advertising. Her recent research focuses on Southeast Europe.

 

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Contents

Introduction
5
Conceptual Tools Methods Sources
11
Youth on the Road to Developed Socialism
41
Creating a Socialist Way of Life the 1960s and 70s
45
The Construction of Urban Youth
59
Recreation Friends and Family Life
89
Youth Leisure
93
Pop and Rock Music
121
Negotiating Personal Space
173
Selected Narratives
179
Discussion
197
Youth in the 1980s
217
Conclusions
223
Appendix
229
Glossary
230
Transliteration
232

The Sexual Revolution
135
The Young Family
151

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