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Title Socialist escapes : breaking away from ideology and everyday routine in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989 / edited by Cathleen M. Giustino, Catherine J. Plum, and Alexander Vari
Published New York : Berghahn, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 284 pages): illustrations
Contents Escaping the Monotony of Everyday Life under Socialism / Alexander Vari -- Instrumentalizing Entertainment and Education: Early Cold War Music Festivals in East Germany and Poland / David Tompkins -- Open Gates and Wandering Minds: Codes, Castles, and Chateaux in Socialist Czechoslovakia before 1960 / Cathleen M. Giustino -- Encountering Poland's "Wild West": Tourism in the Bieszczady Mountains under Socialism / Patrice M. Dabrowski -- Summer Camp for Socialists: Conformity and Escapism at Camp Mitschurin in East Germany / Catherine J. Plum -- From the Party to the Beach Party: Nudism and Artistic Expression in the People's Republic of Romania / Irina Costache -- Smoke and Beers: Touristic Escapes and Places to Party in Socialist Bulgaria, 1956-1976 / Mary Neuburger -- Hitchhikers' Paradise: The Intersection of Mass Mobility, Consumer Demand, and Ideology in the People's Republic of Poland / Mark Keck-Szajbel -- Nocturnal Entertainments, Five-Star Hotels, and Youth Counterculture: Re-Inventing Budapest's Nightlife under Socialism / Alexander Vari -- Getting off Track in East Germany: Adolescent Motorcycle Fans and Honecker's Consumer Socialism / Caroline Fricke -- Power at Play: Soccer Stadiums and Popular Culture in 1980s Romania / Florin Poenaru -- Escapes and Other Border Crossings in Socialist Eastern Europe / Cathleen M. Giustino
Summary During much of the Cold War, physical escape from countries in the East Bloc was a near impossible act. There remained, however, possibilities for other socialist escapes, particularly time away from party ideology and the mundane routines of everyday life. The essays in this volume examine sites of socialist escapes, such as beaches, camp sites, 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, as it was in leisure and
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Amusements -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century.
Escape (Psychology) -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century.
Leisure -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century.
Social psychology -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century.
Socialism and culture -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century.
Europe, Eastern -- History -- 1945-1989.
Europe, Eastern -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Europe, Eastern -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Giustino, Cathleen M.
Plum, Catherine J.
Vari, Alexander.
ISBN 0857456709 (electronic bk.)
9780857456700 (electronic bk.)
(hbk. : acid-free paper)
(hbk. : acid-free paper)