Focusing on Slovakia and East Central Europe, this book examines the cultural economy of protest and considers how the origins of political movements – progressive and reactionary – derive from resilient agrarian features.
It draws attention to how the legacy of rural socialist modernization influences contemporary politics and to the ‘village’ version of fascism developing in the region. The chapters look at the interplay of post-peasant economic and political habits and representations as a result of state-socialism and with regard to the European project, as viewed through an ethnographic lens. Juraj Buzalka describes the bulk of Slovak citizens as post-socialist Europeans with a connection to the countryside who feel that this is where real power in society should be defined and based. He also observes the politicians who are skillfully mobilizing post-peasants while exploiting the political-economic context of the European Union.
This volume will be relevant to scholars with an interest in European society and politics, particularly protest and populism, from disciplines including anthropology, sociology, political science and history.
Table of Contents
1.The Cultural Economy of Protest; 2.The Post-Peasant House; 3. Ethnicity and the Domesticated Economy; 4. Workers and Transformation; 5.Culture of Life against the ‘System of Lies’; 6. The Romantic Leadership; 7. Village Fascists and Progressive Populists; 8. Conclusion: Post-peasant Integralism and the Liberal Question
Juraj Buzalka is Associate Professor at Institute of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.